Why Understanding the Difference Between Racism and Prejudice Is Important

According to a 2016 Pew Research Center Study conducted before Trump became president, nearly 40 percent of white Americans believe that the U

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It’s the same reason why a person of color can not be racist towards a white person. “A person of color being prejudice towards a white person is not systemic. It’s not structural. This person of color is not infringing upon the white person’s livelihood because they are not preventing them from getting a job, from obtaining a home, or from accessing better education,” adds Rodriguez. “Versus the impact of a white person being racist against a person of color, that is systemic. That white person has a level of power that can inhibit [a person of color’s] ability to have access to  resources that are going to affect their livelihood and that of their family.”

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