A rainbow-themed environmental theory framework may have a role in addressing systemic racism.
A paper published in the journal Ecology Letters by researchers at the University of Illinois and the University at Buffalo explores a theory of the “systemic racism” that underlies some aspects of systemic racism—such as the belief that some races are inherently inferior and that the white race is inherently superior to other races.
The researchers believe that their theory could be useful for “developing an effective conceptual framework for addressing the intersection of racial prejudice and racism.”
The paper’s lead author, Dr. Elizabeth K. Lippman, a professor of biology at the U. of I. and associate dean for research and graduate education, said in a statement that the theory could also help develop “a new and more inclusive framework for dealing with the challenges faced by Black and brown people in the U, U.S., and worldwide.”
The research is part of a larger research effort to understand the impact of racism on people of color.
The research team used data collected by the University At Buffalo’s Integrated National Data Archive (INDI) to explore the relationship between systemic racism and various factors, including race and socioeconomic status.
In the paper, the researchers describe the relationship among these factors as “systematic racism.”
Systematic racism is a complex phenomenon that “has consequences for the lives of Black and Brown people in a wide range of contexts,” according to the study.
For instance, they found that people who experienced systemic racism were more likely to have a job that required them to be white, and they were more than twice as likely to be unemployed and have a high likelihood of experiencing a high risk of poverty, the authors said.
Systematic racist attitudes, they said, can have an impact on how they perceive and perceive the world around them, and that this “can lead to systemic oppression.”
“It’s not just systemic racism that makes someone white,” said Dr. Liddington.
“It can also have an effect on how we see and treat each other and the people we care about.”
In a survey of 2,200 U. S. adults, researchers found that 40 percent of Black respondents and 27 percent of Latino respondents reported experiencing systemic racism; 26 percent of White respondents and 15 percent of Asian respondents said the same.
According to the researchers, racism “has a deep impact on people’s lives, which impacts how they see themselves, what they think, how they behave, and how they interact with others.”
The researchers also found that systemic racism negatively affects Black and Latino students and the young people they care about.
The students who experienced racism were less likely to complete their high school graduation and, for Black and Hispanic students, more likely not to graduate from high school.
And the students who reported systemic racism in their lives were more often incarcerated than students who did not experience systemic racism but did not report it.
In other words, the “institutionalized racialized racism” in Black and Latina communities is not limited to their own communities.
Dr. K.L. Lappman and Dr. Katherine C. Smith also found “systems of racism are also manifested in the lives and experiences of others.”
These include “unfair social and economic treatment of individuals and communities of color, the use of stereotypes to justify discriminatory practices, and the lack of equitable representation in leadership positions and decision making processes.”
The authors also noted that racism is “deeply rooted in our nation’s history,” and that “it is pervasive, and pervasive effects persist in society.”
They also noted the “persistent racial bias and racism in the criminal justice system and the criminal legal system.”
In addition to the research, Drs.
L.L., K.C., and Smith are planning to launch a pilot program for the community to see if systemic racism can be reduced by creating a diversity of learning spaces, including an online course.
For more information about their study, visit: http://www.uillinois.edu/ecele/ecosystems/research-research-papers/rainbow-play-theory.aspx#.UJb7vXl4k4 The Associated Press contributed to this report.