Guidepost: Racial Ideologies

The concept of race in the American mind

Merriam-Webster defines ideology as a manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture; the integrated assertions, theories and aims that constitute a sociopolitical program; a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or culture.

Racial ideologies like racism and colorism, along with other forms of oppression, are interconnected and maintained by language, symbolism, and popular culture.The following touchstones will provideresources with information about several ideologies around “race” that we see today. Our hope is that having this knowledge will empower you to recognize all the ways society perpetuates racial ideologies and howthis newfound knowledge can be helpful for social change.

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