How does systemic racism differ from individual racism? Individual racism includes prejudices, implicit biases (unconscious beliefs or attitudes, that come from messages and stereotypes that we pick up from the world we live in), and also enacting racism. These individual beliefs may include the opposition to interracial marriage, believing that Black people feel less pain than White people, not wanting Black, Indigenous or people of colour (BIPOC) to live in your neighbourhood, or not believing that inequality based on race is real and a problem.

Systemic racism consists of rulings, statutes, policies or practices promoted by a government, organization or industry, such that one ethnic group is granted certain rights and privileges, while denying those same rights and privileges to other groups in that society. These systems include education, healthcare, justice, workplaces (hiring practices and wage gaps), media and entertainment.

Individuals may not see themselves as racist, but they benefit from systems that have been designed to benefit White people. The benefits derived simply from being a White person is what the term privilege was coined to describe.

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