Systemic racism is based on policies and practices that contribute to the unfair advantage to some people and unfair treatment of others based on their race.

What does systemic racism mean? 

Systemic racism refers to the fact that racism is not an isolated event that occurs randomly and separated from the rest of society, but rather is a systemic phenomenon ingrained in our institutions and policies. It can be found in most political and cultural systems, including the education, healthcare and criminal justice systems. The policies and practices found within these institutions may reflect racist attitudes and biases. 

The consequences of systemic racism are reflected in the growing wealth gap, disparities in education and employment, limited access to quality healthcare, and disproportionate rates of incarceration among marginalized communities.

Some examples of systemic racism

Systemic racism in Europe

While the EU is known for its cultural and ethnic diversity, it is not exempt from the presence of systemic racism. Racist structures within Europe have led to premature deaths of people of color. Police violence, inadequate protection from COVID-19, and migration policies all contribute to these problems. 

Here are some examples:

All of these issues have led to the approval of the EU Anti-Racism Action Plan 2020-2025 in 2020, which proposes specific actions in collaboration with actors and institutions at the local, national and global levels.

Addressing systemic racism in the workplace

Workers of minority ethnic backgrounds continue to experience racial inequality in the workplace. 

Here are some strategies that may help organizations tackle the issue more effectively: 

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