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Impact of Racism and Discrimination

What is racial discrimination? What are the social and economic Impact of Racism culturally, socially, economically, and politically

There is absolutely no legitimate scientific basis for racial classification.  Race is a social construct.  Race is constructed through racialization. There are negative consequences due to racism, today, we are goin to take a look at the Social and Economic Impacts racism in our society.

Racism can occur at three levels. First, the individual or interpersonal level, which includes everyday racism that happens with speech, glances. or actions. Second, the institutional or systemic level, which involves organizations like governments and the education or justice system. Systemic racism can be unintentional. It is often caused by hidden biases in policies, practices and procedures that result in unequal opportunities and outcomes for people based on race. For example, a government adopts economic or public housing policies that relocate and concentrate racialized or Indigenous People away from the city’s economic center and into areas with fewer resources, transportation and job opportunities. As a result, neighborhood schools become increasingly racially segregated. Third is the societal level, which involves all of the societies, institutions, political, economic, social as well as a society’s dominant culture or ideology. Societal racism is often popularly expressed and ingrained through widely held everyday stereotypes or prejudices. We see a lot of this in the media.

Racialized people have faced major disadvantages  culturally,  sociallyeconomically and even politically because of discrimination.  This history of racial discrimination and disadvantage continues to affect racialized people today.

Racial discrimination is a legally prohibited act. It happens when any distinction, conduct or action, whether intentional or not – is based on a person’s race and has the effect of imposing burdens not imposed upon others. Racial discrimination could happen when someone acts on racist beliefs and attitudes in areas covered by the Code such as employment services and housing.

Economic Impact of Racism

Subtle and systemic racial discrimination is still deeply embedded in many institutional cultures policies, practices and procedures. This becomes more apparent when we look at employment trends. Youth aged 15 to 24 who are not racialized have an unemployment rate of 16 percent. Youth who are racialized have a much tougher time finding jobs with an unemployment rate of 23 percent. On top of that, racialized people are disproportionately likely to be working in low wage jobs. Amongst people living in poverty who are aged 25 to 64, racialized people are much more likely to have a university certificate or degree. In fact, 32 percent of racialized people living in poverty have a high level of education compared to 13 percent for non racialized people. Couple this with the fact that 22 percent of racialized people live in poverty (twice the rate of non racialized people), it becomes apparent that the impacts of racial discrimination are still being felt today.

Social Impact of Racism

The modern social impacts of racial discrimination are readily evident when you examine Japanese Canadians after World War II. After having their homes and businesses confiscated, the formerly strong Japanese Canadian communities struggled. The generation known as the Sansei or the third generation, grew up in mostly white communities and many never learned to speak Japanese. Many never learned about their culture and values. Families were forced to relocate from their homes on the west coast and were scattered across the country.

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About the author

Jess Man

Jessica is the Editor-in-Chief and Senior Diversity Advisor at Diversity Social. Jessica has over 10 years of working with and advising employers to be more diverse and create an inclusive working environment.
Jessica's experience spans private and non-profit sectors in multiple industries.
Jessica's expertise experience is beyond Diversity & Inclusion, she is also a certified professional IT recruiter in Data & Analytics, Database administration, Artificial Intelligence area.