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Racially Biased School Glossaries


Below are several racially biased school glossaries of terms adopted by the school and used in teacher education including formal Culturally Responsive Teaching training sessions that were facilitated by a paid outside consultant.

Keep in mind as you review these glossaries that they were used as training materials for teachers in a K-8 public school.  Teachers were taught that the glossary definitions were correct and true and surely brought those concepts to their classrooms, where unsuspecting children without mature mental filters accepted as fact what their teachers told them.

Ironically, these terms that were taught as anti-bias training actually encourage racial division, racism and bias.

Below are single excerpts from five glossaries and links to the complete documents, where you can share your opinion about what you’ve read.



Glossary Excerpts

Whites: A socially created “racial” group who historically and currently receive the benefits of racism in the United States. The category includes all the different ethnic groups of European origin, regardless of differences in their histories, ethnicities, or cultures.



Institutional Racism – [These] institutional policies may never mention any racial group, but their effect is to create advantages for Whites and oppression and disadvantage for people from groups classified as People of Color.

Racism (endorsed by Dismantling Racism Training) – A system of advantage based on race. A system of oppression based on race. A way of organizing society based on dominance and subordination based on race. Penetrates every aspect of personal, cultural, and institutional life. Includes prejudice against people of color, as well as exclusion, discrimination against, suspicion of, and fear and hate of people of color. Racism = Prejudice + the POWER to implement that prejudice. (Exchange Project of the Peace & Development Fund)

Colorblind – term used to describe personal, group, and institutional policies or practices that do not consider race or ethnicity as a determining factor. The term “colorblind” de-emphasizes or ignores race and ethnicity as a large part of one’s identity. (The National Multicultural Institute)



White Privilege: Refers to the unquestioned and unearned set of advantages, entitlements, benefits and choices bestowed on people solely because they are White.



White Supremacy: White supremacy is a historically based, institutionally perpetuated system of exploitation and oppression of continents, nations and peoples of color by white peoples […] for the purpose of maintaining and defending a system of wealth, power and privilege.



Students of color (people of color) is a term used, primarily in the United States, to describe all people who are not white. The term is meant to be inclusive among non-white groups, emphasizing common experiences of racism.