Definitions & Explanations

Explanation:  There’s nothing whites can teach people of color about their culture, history, or racism/white supremacy.  Only the victims of these atrocities are qualified to educate others, but, only once they have become experienced 12 Step sponsors.  12 Steps is necessary because racialized thinking is a habit, learned since birth and, therefore takes continuous practice to assure limit relapses, which will surely occur.


Culture – the norms and values that tell us how to act

Acculturation – unknowingly, losing your culture and assuming another culture

Assimilation – being absorbed into another group by losing your identity and assuming European identity

Cultural Genocide – forcably replacing your cultural norms, values, education, religion, traditions, practices, family / social structure with European education, religion, traditions and practices

Racial Identity Development – 

Stages of Black Identity Development

Stages of white Identity Development

System of White Supremacy

Racism – prejudice plus power; prejudice backed and supported by the system

Individual Racism

Institutional Racism

Structural Racism

Life Areas Racism Impacts – education, entertainment, health, labor, law,                                                         political-economics, religion, sex, war


African Culture                            European Culture

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