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Institutional racism is a form of racism that are in social institutions. It is also called systemic racism because it is in the systems that make up society. People usually think of racism as being thoughts of hate and prejudice against other races, but institutional racism means that those feelings are present in the ways people interact with each other.

Institutional racism is not new, but the term is. It was invented by civil rights leaders Stokely Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton.

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United States

Institutional racism is a huge issue in the US.


In the past, Black Americans were not allowed to live in certain neighborhoods. For example, banks would not give them loans to live in the same neighborhoods as white people. As a result, many Black people now live in places that have high rates of poverty and lack of access to resources like parks and good schools.



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