About the book
Structural racism has become one of the most seemingly intractable problems in our society. From access to education, health and housing, to administering legal justice, structural racism promotes disparities that lead to an unsustainable world order. Coupled with global challenges, such as climate change and pandemics, structural racism disproportionally impacts the most vulnerable and disrupts the quality of life of all people. To reduce such impact, structures, policies and practices require anti-racist responses to improve equity, inclusion and well being.
The goal of this book is to present the latest evidence-based approaches to identify, understand and eliminate the root causes of structural racism and promote anti-racist responses. It aims to highlight systems where state or institutional policies and practices disproportionally target certain groups, to describe policies that lead to the disproportionate mass incarceration and the policies that disenfranchise public schools located in racial/ethnic minority communities, as well as to also evaluate how healthcare and insurance systems have practices that prevent low income and minority individuals from accessing behavioral health services.
The encouraged discussion includes structural racism, discriminatory policies, biased perspectives, and evidence-based and anti-racist practices to help the reader understand how racism can be embedded in the structure, design and policies of institutions. Overall, this book intends to provide a critical examination of the role of structural racism in promoting unconscious negative biases and punitive approaches to solve social problems, instead of drawing from culturally responsive, diversity, equity, and inclusion approaches to promote healthy and sustainable societies.