Mopping up Institutional Racism: Activism on a Napkin
Racism is an anathema to a just society. Overt expressions of personal racism are frowned upon in nice homes, at progressive boardroom tables, in liberal churches, in the critical classrooms of universities, and in the many places privileged people meet. Institutional(ised) racism, however, has yet to attract such widespread recognition and a similar public discouragement. We are aware of, and engaged with, many expressions of such racism in Aotearoa, a country renamed as New Zealand by the colonisers. In this paper we focus on how institutional racism manifests within public health policies and funding practices in this country distilled into a handy napkin-sized conversation starter. We see the moral integrity of managers as a necessary conduit to institutional and therefore social transformation. We urge their responsible actions in their corporate citizenship in seeking innovations that wipe out institutional(ised) racism and embed practices that are just for all.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 June 2014
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