Racism and its impact

What is racism? 

Racism is often understood as conscious prejudice and deliberate discrimination against certain racial or ethnic groups.  However, it is important to recognise that racism goes far beyond this. Racism is a social hierarchy which prioritises and privileges whiteness and white people, while devaluing and oppressing People of Colour. This hierarchy is pervasive throughout our culture – from what we are taught in schools to the media we consume – and it is therefore vital that we all commit to taking decisive action to combat racism in all its forms. 

Video: Race Equality at The University of Edinburgh 

Race Equality at The University of Edinburgh

Race Equality at The University of Edinburgh presented by Rowena Arshad 

What impact does racism have? 

Racism shapes the lives of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities in ways which are often invisible to individuals from privileged groups. People of Colour face additional barriers in accessing housing, healthcare, education and many more of the systems and opportunities which white people take for granted.  Racism also affects People of Colour’s mental health, both through experiences of discrimination, and the internalisation of narratives about their abilities, appearance and self-worth.