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Linda Bessom S.


Somerville, MA
Hometown: Somverville

Member since:

August 6, 2012

Do you believe racism has been eradicated?

NO - absolutely not; institutional racism (institutional power + racial prejudice = institutional racism in policy, practices and procedures in institutions) is still undermining the basic human rights of people of color, causing racial disparities in meeting basic human needs, and is a major cause of poverty. For example, at the end of the MA state legislative session a few weeks ago, both the House & Senate overrode the Governor's veto of the RMV provision. The Registry of Motor Vehicles will now be forced to examine applicants' legal residency when registering their vehicles. It will likely cost Massachusetts taxpayers over a million dollars to implement, increase wait times, and result in erroneous denials of registrations to immigrants eligible to drive in Massachusetts! Institutional Racism is an evil that impacts everyone

Do you believe that whiteness plays a role in racism?

Absolutely. white people's internalized racial superiority of which white privelege is a part plays out consciously and unconciously every day in the lives of individual white people and institutions controlled by white people that sets up intentional policies, practices and procedures, and values that exclude people of color and preserves a system by and for white people (consious and unconscious) at all costs of unearned entitlements/privelege and access to resources that causes racial injustice

Do you have a favorite author/blogger/musician/artist/ film/etc. focusing on racism? Why?

This is a hard one, since there is more than one: 1) Shelley Tochluk 's Witnessing Whiteness -- examines what it means to be white in the United States,-- especially for white educators, and moves towards a way of using whiteness as conscious stance to dismantle racism. 2) Rev. Bryan Massingale - Racial Justice and the Catholic Church - points out how institutional racism developed in the Catholic Church (The Sisters of Notre Dame Anti-Racism Team hopes to have him lead an eight day retreat in 2014). 3) Robin Parker - "Great White Elephant: A Reflection on Racial Privelege for White Anti-Racists" explores one's racial privilege and has concrete exercises to begin to dismantle racism.


I am a member of the USA Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Anti-Racism Team.

What Linda Bessom S. is saying about this Meetup Group

I truly am grateful for this monthly opportunity to come together to learn about the impact of institutional racism and the steps I can take with others in dismantling it.

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