Institutionalized Racism and Sexism

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INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM and INSTITUTIONALIZED SEXISM Institutionalized Racism and Institutionalized Sexism In this paper we will discuss and give examples of institutionalized racism and institutionalized sexism. Institutionalized racism occurs when political and social institutions discriminate against certain groups of people and limit their rights. Institutionalized sexism is institutional policies set in place discriminated based on a person’s sex or gender. The Credo reference on institutional racism is less overt, more subtle, or not likely to be heard. Institutional racism can operate by exploitation and discrimination from employers, land lords and large business endeavors. This racism can affect black people who are trying to climb up the corporate ladder in order to better themselves. Authors of the 1967 book, “Black Power”, Carmichael and Hamilton believed, “racist attitudes operated on institutional levels”. The housing companies in 1960s and 1970s participated in institutionalized racism by indirectly not allowing blacks to move into certain areas. Institutionalized sexism operates in similar ways to institutionalized racism. When companies discriminate against black people in institutionalized racism we find that various occupations tend to screen women out and advantage men because of their sex or gender. Height requirements, size, color, and gender of women can make her ineligible for a job, but a man with the same qualities can be hired. In the article written by Susan Greenfield, “Still hard to be a woman,” she explains that, “assumptions are made about you solely based on being a woman.” Susan used the term pigeon –holed to describe one form of institutionalized sexism. This meaning that, “Being confined to a job their male employers thought they would be good at

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