Here’s a Terrifying Example of How Systemic Racism Works

Even without bigoted intent, merely making decisions based on white norms can be deadly

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Tim Wise

Tim Wise


Anti-racism educator and author of 9 books, including White Like Me and, most recently, Dispatches from the Race War (City Lights, December 2020)