Racist structures are the result of the conscious or unconscious acceptance and legitimization of attitudes, beliefs, practices, policies, and/or institutions that advantage whites while producing cumulative and chronic adverse outcomes for people of color. RECoP believes that racist structures harm an overwhelming number of children in MS
The RECoP defines racial healing as reaching a point of mutual commitment to affirming the humanity of each individual and engaging in a sustained commitment to dismantling the structures of racism and oppression. Racial healing means addressing the fundamental beliefs that give permission for racist structures to exist and capturing the genuine motivation to do the work that sustains change. RECoP believes that racial healing is essential before individuals and communities are able to recognize, address, and deconstruct racist structures.
RECoP believes that connecting MS’s racial equity practitioners within a community of practice will increase the human, relational, and structural capital of a diffuse group of racial equity practitioners, allowing them to more efficiently connect with one another, share information and resources, and develop collaborative partnerships that transcend political affiliation, economic sector, religious affiliation, race, and geography. Ultimately this will result in citizens and communities engaging in a sustained commitment to acknowledge and dismantle the structures of racism and oppression, thereby providing genuine motivation to do the work that sustains change and results in a more racially equitable MS.