Systemic Racism




Southern Horrors – Lynch Law In All Its Phases
Ida Wells 1892

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
Martin Luther King Jr 1967

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Peggy McIntosh 1989 | pdf

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Robin J DiAngelo 2018

UB School of Social Work countering anit-Black racism student compilation

Buffalo Jewish Community Relations Council racial justice compilation


UB Forum 7-14-2020: Why Racial Equity and Anti-Racism?

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Buffalo Center for Health Equity

our mission

The Buffalo Center for Health Equity will eliminate race, economic, and geographic-based health inequities in Western New York by changing the social and economic conditions that cause illness and shorten lives among the sickest of the region.

our process

The Center will use policy analysis, research, assessment, and evaluation, advocacy, community engagement and education, and program development and implementation to eliminate these inequities. It will work collaboratively with community members and organizations as well as the public and faith-based sectors to advance this multi-level agenda.

The work will focus primarily in the 14204, 14206, 14211, 14212, 14215 zip codes where African Americans are dying at three times the rate as their white counterparts. The health inequities affecting Buffalonians, like in many American cities are the downstream effect of failing schools, high unemployment, low property values, poor access to public transportation, absence of grocery stores, lead contamination in homes, highway pollution, brownfields, and poor access to healthcare. These social and economic conditions are known to be the primary drivers of health.

Dr. Davarian Baldwin, Trinity College
(860) 297-2590

“Feelings of oppression come from positions of privilege… equity and justice is about saving us all… book In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities…”

Pastor George Nicholas, Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, 641 Masten Avenue, Buffalo  NY  14209
(716) 884-7664

“Must work within your own sphere of influence to promote equity and foster change… I believe that reasonable, moral people can create a better system…”

Professor Henry Louis Taylor, Jr.
(716) 829-5458

Tim Murphy MD

(716) 881-8911


Eye-opening reading – White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson  Main thesis of White Fragility – white people, even white “progressives”, are all inherently racist because of the families, institutions, and society we’re born into and grow up in, self-awareness is the first step to meaningful change

BECPL purchasing latest edition (2018) of this:  ‘Lies My Teacher Told Me,’ And How American History Can Be Used As A Weapon

Social determinants of health per (amazing how root cause of most is racism):

     Availability of resources to meet daily needs (e.g., safe housing and local food markets)
    Access to educational, economic, and job opportunities
    Access to health care services
    Quality of education and job training
    Availability of community-based resources in support of community living and opportunities for recreational and leisure-time activities
    Transportation options
    Public safety
    Social support
    Social norms and attitudes (e.g., discrimination, racism, and distrust of government)
    Exposure to crime, violence, and social disorder (e.g., presence of trash and lack of cooperation in a community)
    Socioeconomic conditions (e.g., concentrated poverty and the stressful conditions that accompany it)
    Residential segregation
    Access to mass media and emerging technologies (e.g., cell phones, the Internet, and social media)

Also from, similar (rooted in racism) with physical determinants of health:

    Natural environment, such as green space (e.g., trees and grass) or weather (e.g., climate change)
    Built environment, such as buildings, sidewalks, bike lanes, and roads
    Worksites, schools, and recreational settings
    Housing and community design
    Exposure to toxic substances and other physical hazards
    Physical barriers, especially for people with disabilities
    Aesthetic elements (e.g., good lighting, trees, and benches)

Need fewer “meetings” and more “doings” (like this conference, a wonderful call to action for each of us, within our spheres of influence, and joining others within theirs).  Please support naming of Utica Street rail station after Robert T. Coles, its architect:


Unpacking White Privilege:

At UBSSW our students created a list of resources and action items that might be useful for others:

Here is an article that addresses the recommendations [for Buffalo police reform] made in early June.  A list of them is at the end of the article:

Here’s the brilliant scholar & political theorist Fred Moten on ‘allies and coalitions’: “Yeah, well, the ones who happily claim and embrace their own sense of themselves as privileged ain’t my primary concern. I don’t worry about them first. But, I would love it if they got to the point where they had the capacity to worry about themselves. Because then maybe we could talk…The problematic of coalition…isn’t something that emerges so that you can come help me, a maneuver that always gets traced back to your own interests. The coalition emerges out of your recognition that it’s fucked up for you, in the same way that we’ve already recognized that it’s fucked up for us. I don’t need your help. I just need you to recognize that this shit is killing you, too, however much more softly, you stupid m********, you know?”

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