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Systematic Oppression

When mistreatment and inequality for people in a particular social identity group is systematic, it is supported and enforced by a society and its institutions (e.g. state policies, educational systems, criminal justice systems). There has always been systematic oppression in the U.S., beginning with the enslavement of Black Africans. Systematic oppression continues to exist based not only on race, but also gender, class, sexual orientation, and ability in the U.S. For instance, it is legal to discriminate against and refuse services to LGBTQ+ people in some states.

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