Racial Justice

The Elimination of Racism
YWCA supports policies that contribute to the elimination of racism. This includes but is not limited to policies that eliminate racial profiling, increase immigrant rights, retain and strengthen affirmative action, reduce hate crimes and result in increased education on racism and its elimination.
YWCA’s Mission:
YWCA McLean County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Is it realistic to believe an organization can really eliminate racism? Our approach is to provide guidance and offer programs that influence racial justice and empower women financially/economically.
In the US and most of the world there is a system of hierarchy and inequality based on race. It operates historically, institutionally and culturally to produce preferential treatment, privilege and power for white people at the expense of people of color.
Definition of racism: race is based on prejudice + privilege + power to discriminate or oppress. Racial justice is a proactive reinforcement of policies, practices, attitudes and actions that produce equitable power, access, opportunities, treatment, impacts and outcomes for all.
  • Racial Justice ≠ Diversity (Diversity = Variety)
  • Racial Justice ≠ Equality (Equality = Sameness)
  • Racial Justice = Equity (Equity = Fairness, Justice)
  • Indicators: Equitable impacts and outcome across race is the key indicator of racial justice.