Deconstruction of Racism

  • Robbie W. C. Tourse
  • Johnnie Hamilton-Mason
  • Nancy J. Wewiorski


There has always been a struggle of resistance against racism and race-based social injustice. This chapter discusses in depth the deconstruction of racism through activism. It reviews major concepts presented in the book (social construction, oppression, institutional web, intersectionality, privilege, and scaffolding) and examines activism in relation to these major concepts: The chapter describes and analyzes in depth two contemporary grassroots activist movements that illustrate these major concepts and uses these examples to deconstruct the elements of the scaffolding (with emphasis on the poles: powerlessness, violence, exploitation, cultural imperialism, and marginalization) which supports the ongoing operation of racism in the USA. The chapter reviews styles and models of activism and explains the synergy of activist movements throughout the history of the United States. Finally, the chapter considers the relevance of future activist resistance to institutional racism.


Identification of racism concepts Black lives matter Standing rock Anti-racism models Types of activist movements 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robbie W. C. Tourse
    • 1
  • Johnnie Hamilton-Mason
    • 2
  • Nancy J. Wewiorski
    • 3
  1. 1.Boston College School of Social WorkChestnut HillUSA
  2. 2.Simmons College School of Social WorkBostonUSA
  3. 3.U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsBostonUSA

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