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IIt is important to understand how terms are used both in this Toolkit as well as in broader anti-racism work. The definition of racism is prejudice with the power to enforce it. However there are differences on what this actually means and there are a host of other terms used in this work. The posts on this page explore various interpretations and emphasis.

Like the below graphics that portray a wide range,  a palette of colors (used in ceramic glazes);  so definitions are nuanced.  Just as you see many colors of green, there can be many definitions for “racism” and often the different definitions have distinct uses. 

Unlearning Columbus Day Myths: Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Unlearning Columbus Day Myths: Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

It is estimated that in the 130 years following first contact, Native America lost 95 percent of its population. …
Celebrating Columbus and other explorers like him dismisses the devastating losses experienced by Indigenous Peoples of the Western Hemisphere in the past and the ongoing effects of colonialism today.

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American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving

American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving

Environment: Understanding the Natural World

The Wampanoag people have long lived in the area around Cape Cod, in present-day Massachusetts.

Community: Group Identity in Culture

When the English established their colony at Plymouth, they encountered a group of people who lived in a communal w

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The Myths of the Thanksgiving Story and the Lasting Damage They Imbue

The Myths of the Thanksgiving Story and the Lasting Damage They Imbue

In truth, massacres, disease and American Indian tribal politics are what shaped the Pilgrim-Indian alliance at the root of the holiday.
The myth is that friendly Indians, unidentified by tribe, welcome the Pilgrims to America, teach them how to live in this new place, sit down to dinner with them and then disappear.

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Shouldering Grief: Validating Native American Historical Trauma

Shouldering Grief: Validating Native American Historical Trauma

Dr. Brave Heart, conceptualized historical trauma in the 1980’s, as a way to develop stronger understanding of why life for many Native Americans is not fulfilling “the American Dream.” Although, many Native Americans have adapted to an Americanized way of life and are healthy and economically self-sufficient, there is still a significant proportion of Native people who are not faring well.

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Five Hundred Years of Injustice

Five Hundred Years of Injustice

When Christopher Columbus first set foot on the white sands of Guanahani island, he performed a ceremony to “take possession” of the land for the king and queen of Spain … few people are aware that his act of “possession” was based on a religious doctrine now known in history as the Doctrine of Discovery. Even fewer people realize that today – five centuries later – the United States government still uses this archaic Judeo-Christian doctrine to deny the rights of Native American Indians.

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