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Silent Racism

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This chapter theorizes a holistic view of the lived experience of those facing white racism, as well as of their representations and interpretations of that racism. By racism, one can mean systemic racism: discriminatory patterns and practices which involve more than the actions of a few individual attitudes, but rather the systemic practices of racism built into society's major institutions. Kathryn, a forty-something successful entrepreneur in a large U.S. city, gives a narrative account of her experiences as a black woman in America–providing with her representation, and consequent understanding, of racism. Racial oppression often has a distinctive spatial dimension, and its character can vary as a black person travels from a private site, such as home, to more public spaces, such as restaurants, hotels, or parking lots. The historical legacy of racism lies in the critical recounting of history to younger generations.

Keywords:America; black woman; Kathryn; racial oppression; systemic racism



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