Institutional racism means that the power and privilege structure in the United States remains intact. For true opportunity to be available for all, a racial lens must be applied to current leadership development. That conversation starts with a more inclusive and networked racial justice model of leadership thinking outlined in this report.
Focusing on the role of individuals in creating and solving problems does not look at the impact that systems have on the ways people behave, and tends to attribute racism only to ignorance or hateful behaviors. Based on this logic, it would follow that we could eliminate racism by changing people’s attitudes; however, this is not entirely true.
Racialized outcomes do not require racist actors. Structural racism/racialization refers to a system of social structures that produces cumulative, durable, race-based inequalities. It is also a method of analysis that is used to examine how historical legacies, individuals, structures, and institutions work interactively to distribute material and symbolic advantages and disadvantages along racial lines.