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Community Change is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote racial justice and equity by challenging systemic racism and acting as a catalyst for anti-racist learning and action. CCI makes visible and challenges the historical and ongoing role racism plays in the institutions that shape all of our lives. We focus particularly on involving white people in understanding and confronting systemic racism and white privilege.We understand racism as a system that impacts every area of life in the United States from education to law, from housing to transportation, from employment to media, from religion to artistic expression. It is a system that privileges white people and oppresses people of color. This gives white people disproportionate power to
- make and enforce decisions
- access resources
- set the standards for behavior which are imposed on everyone and
- name the view of “reality” everyone must agree with
To transform this system requires that a critical mass of white people come to recognize the injustice of the system and participate collectively in dismantling the privilege they receive from the system at the cost of people of color. Giving up privilege and power is not easy, particularly when people feel entitled to what they have. It is therefore critical that white people also recognize the cost racism plays in their lives as individuals and collectively.