Systemic racism: Refers to the rules, practices and customs once rooted in law. These may have changed over time, resulting in a facade of "equality," but the residual effects reverberate throughout entire societal systems. Example: redlining of neighborhoods.
Want to know how much unconscious bias is lurking in your thinking patterns? Project Implicit has created a series of bias tests that you can take to determine your own unconscious racial preferences: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html
There are all kinds of diversity. Our residents include a diversity of physical and mental abilities. Kudos to the Board for installing a handrail on Beach 3 so that more of us can access the lake.
Many black people don’t trust medical innovations due to a history of non-consensual experimentation on their ancestors. Check out the Tuskegee Experiment and Henrietta Lacks for detailed examples.
When encountering an unfamiliar person in our neighborhood, greet them positively and introduce yourself: “Hi! I don’t think I’ve met you. My name is XX and I live right over there. What’s your name?”
If you’re curious about your neighbor’s background, get to know them better as a person. Please don’t ask them “othering” questions like “where were you born?” Form a relationship and you’ll know the person, not what you think is unique about them.
Keep in mind that your body language gives off strong signals to the people you encounter. Be conscious of your facial expressions, openness of stance, and gestures/waves to ensure that you appear friendly and neighborly.