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Statement From Berkshire Community College President, Ellen Kennedy

Again, we are faced with the knowledge that people of color have been and continue to be oppressed by those in power. We refuse to look the other way and remain steadfast in our commitment to access and equity for all. On behalf of the entire BCC community, we will continue to strive to be better, to listen more, and to grow to be a part of the solution. We stand with those in the black community and all of those hurting by what happened in Minnesota, and by what happens every day in our nation.

As our country grapples with centuries of inequity and policies that reinforced opportunities for some and not for others, we each must take responsibility to stand up for those who have been oppressed and whose voices are too easily dismissed.

Now is the time to come together for respectful discourse and allow the collective power of education to create and support an equitable and accessible future.

- President Ellen Kennedy, Berkshire Community College

Resources for Identifying and Dismantling Systemic Racism

What Is White Privilege?

White Privilege

White privilege is the societal advantage that is enjoyed by white people to social mobility, entitlement, political access/representation, and economic benefits based on their being white.  A white person benefiting from these privileges is not necessarily racist or prejudice, but rather derives privilege from just being white.  Even if white people are oppressed by class, ethnic or religious bias, gender or orientation, white privilege is still a benefit they share over those of non-white people.

Reverse Racism is a term  used by white people to deny white privilege. It is often used in reference to policies such as affirmative action.

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What Is Systemic Racism?

"Developed by sociologist Joe Feagin, systemic racism is a popular way of explaining, within the social sciences and humanities, the significance of race and racism both historically and in today's world.   Feagin defines systemic racism in the introduction to the book:  Systemic racism includes the complex array of antiblack practices, the unjustly gained political-economic power of whites, the continuing economic and other resource inequalities along racial lines, and the white racist ideologies and attitudes created to maintain and rationalize white privilege and power. Systemic here means that the core racist realities are manifested in each of society’s major parts [...] each major part of U.S. society--the economy, politics, education, religion, the family--reflects the fundamental reality of systemic racism."  Definition of Systemic Racism in Sociology: Beyond Prejudice and Micro-Agression, Nicki, Lisa Coll, Thought & Company, 7/3/2019.  Accessed, 6/7/2020

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For information providing resources on inclusion, and how to combat bias against our LGBTQ, and racial/ethnic communities  see the sister site to this one: Inclusion and Combating Bias and Prejudice  (

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