Critical Race Theory tells us that racism is more than just individual acts of hate committed by one person against another. The United States engaged in the capture, transport, and enslavement of Black people, therefore deeming those people as having less value than whites. Once a country adopts the idea that nonwhite people are not equal, that idea is present – consciously or subconsciously — into everything that country’s white leaders and citizens do. System racism does not mean that every individual person is racist. It means that racist ideology was built by default into our educational, judicial, law enforcement, health care, and public welfare systems.
In the fall of 2021, 23 students from 17 colleges and universities traveled to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to explore the lives of local Black people and People of Color. As Writing Wrongs staff, the students interviewed, photographed, and digitally recorded these personal stories for inclusion in a print book that will be available online and on our website.
Writing Wrongs’ mission is to raise awareness and promote better understanding of social issues and to inspire others to do the work to make change possible.