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Racism is a systemic part of American society. From the first chattel laws to present-day police brutality, racism is at the very core of who America is. Systemic’s goal is to explore aspects of race and racism in America. The aim is to educate and explain the intertwining of race as a systemic part of American culture. We hope each episode enlightens and drives you to help work towards an anti-racist future.

Model Minority Myth

In 1966 the New York Times wrote an article that first referred to Chinese-Americans as the Model Minority. It explained that during a time when billions were being proposed to uplift the Negro, Chinese-American immigrants were building successful lives …

Critical Race Theory

Critical Race Theory teaches the truth about American history. The actual truth – good, bad, or otherwise. Learning this truth can be painful, uncomfortable, and bring about shame. Much to the dismay of many, those are good things. By working through our…

Podcast Update

Creating a podcast about systemic racism, while experiencing it and seeing it play out day to day, can take a toll. One I wasn’t mentally prepared for. So I took an unplanned break to regroup and get better at processing the content and discoveries that …

Black on Black Crime

Did you know that 80 percent of white individual victims are killed by a white individual offender? The FBI reports on crime statistics every year and it turns out most racial groups are the number one offender against themselves. That’s because murder, …

Holding History Accountable

American history is filled with depictions of women, the LGBT+ community, and persons of color that are deplorable and reprehensible. From “Little Black Sambo” to black face, to advertising, to even Dr. Seuss, the discriminatory past of America can be vi…

Monuments to the Confederacy

The last confederate monument in America was completed in 1972. Not 1872, 1972. From the end of the civil war through the civil rights movement, monuments to a failed attempt to separate the country based on race were raised through America and abroad. T…

This is America

Dylan Roof, Charlottesville, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and on and on and on. After so many of these incidents, good-intentioned and well-meaning people like to say “this isn’t the America I know!” “This isn’t us!” “We’re better than this!”
Really?  …

State of Rage

In 1961 James Baldwin, when being interviewed about being Black in America, said the following, “To be negro in America and relatively conscience is to be in a state of rage, almost all of the time.” 60 years later, the sentiment still exists. Police bru…