Racial Glossary of terms

Google has been a good friend of mine when it’s come to searching for the meaning of the many new words I’ve come across in the past few months.

I thought about putting together a Glossary of terms to help anyone looking to make sense of the important dialogues taking place in this unstoppable BLM era. In my search, I quickly came across Racial Equity Tools. They are an organisation that supports individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. Their site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organisations, communities and the culture at large.

Their site also provides a very comprehensive glossary in an attempt to achieve a degree of shared understanding of the most frequently used words in any discussion on race.

The terms within their glossary includes:

  • ACCOUNTABILITY
  • ALLY
  • ANTI-BLACK
  • ANTI-RACISM
  • ANTI-RACIST
  • ANTI-RACIST IDEAS
  • ASSIMILATIONIST
  • BIGOTRY
  • BLACK LIVES MATTER
  • CAUCUSING (AFFINITY GROUPS)
  • COLLUSION
  • COLONIZATION
  • CRITICAL RACE THEORY
  • CULTURAL APPROPRIATION
  • CULTURAL MISAPPROPRIATION
  • CULTURAL RACISM
  • CULTURE
  • DECOLONIZATION
  • DIASPORA
  • DISCRIMINATION
  • DIVERSITY
  • ETHNICITY
  • IMPLICIT BIAS
  • INCLUSION
  • INDIGENEITY
  • INDIVIDUAL RACISM
  • INSTITUTIONAL RACISM
  • INTERNALIZED RACISM
  • INTERPERSONAL RACISM
  • INTERSECTIONALITY
  • MICROAGGRESSION
  • MODEL MINORITY
  • MOVEMENT BUILDING
  • MULTICULTURAL COMPETENCY
  • OPPRESSION
  • PEOPLE OF COLOR
  • POWER
  • PREJUDICE
  • PRIVILEGE
  • RACE
  • RACIAL AND ETHNIC IDENTITY
  • RACIAL EQUITY
  • RACIAL HEALING
  • RACIAL IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT THEORY
  • RACIAL INEQUITY
  • RACIAL JUSTICE
  • RACIAL RECONCILIATION
  • RACIALIZATION
  • RACISM
  • RACIST
  • RACIST IDEAS
  • RACIST POLICIES
  • REPARATIONS
  • RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
  • SETTLER COLONIALISM
  • STRUCTURAL RACIALIZATION
  • STRUCTURAL RACISM
  • TARGETED UNIVERSALISM
  • WHITE FRAGILITY
  • WHITE PRIVILEGE
  • WHITE SUPREMACY
  • WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE
  • WHITENESS

Much thought has been put into the collation of these terms and the definitions that sit behind each one (sources provided). I highly recommend visiting their website or downloading the glossary as a PDF document if you wish to increase or enhance your knowledge and join in on the many conversations taking place towards creating sustained change.  

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