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Understanding Racism

Racism - (n) Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior. Oxford English Living Dictionaries


Some forms of racism are obvious, taking the shape of explicit derogatory remarks, membership in hate groups, and/or committing hate crimes, for example. Other forms of racism are much more subtle, built into certain societal beliefs, expectations, practices, and even laws. It is a complicated and often troubling topic to unpack, and this guide merely scratches the surface of research topics. 

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Statistics & Analysis

hate crime incidents in the U.S. 2016 by bias

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