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People mistake racism for discrimination
Racism is understood as "prejudice plus institutional power". These two elements work together to enable and socially/legally legitimize racism.
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This definition explains how racism becomes ingrained into every aspect of our society. One of the main premises for Critical Race Theory is that race is a political and social construct. People are categorised on assumed and ultimately tangiable characteristics. This enables narratives to shift and weaponize stereotypical assupmtions about people's identity in order to maintain white supremacy and continue to prioritize profit over people.