Racism is a system of oppression based on the racialization of individuals that occurs at the interpersonal, structural, and institutional levels. It means that individual racist behaviour operates within a larger system of prejudices, behaviours, and practices that have accumulated over centuries and are so deeply embedded in our social, economic, political, and educational systems that they are now taken as the unquestioned norm. (A. Salleh-Hoddin in Tackling Discrimination – My learning Diary pp. 89–90).
The anti-racist work of The Peace Education Institute starts from understanding how racist systems, policies, and norms still prevail in society and in particular in educational institutions and practices. Our work aims to increase understanding of historical power structures, systems, and norms that maintain racism as a part of the culture of violence.
We believe in the power of education to transform societies and provide new approaches, tools, and methods for educators to recognize and prevent racialization processes, tackle constructively racist incidents and transform racist systems and practices in the long term.
“The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.” Ijeoma Oluo, the author of the book “So You Want to Talk About Race.”