I have started a list of definitions here not to say these terms are only one thing but to be sure we have shared meanings for our conversations. Please email me if you would like to add to these definitions (2debmorrison@gmail.com).


Omi & Winant (1994) describe race as a concept that signifies and symbolizes social conflicts and interests by referring to different types of human bodies. In other words, the skin you’re in has real world outcomes which are oppressive and violent, both physically and mentally. From this view of race, racism can be thought of as an unstable and decentered complex of social meanings constantly being transformed by political struggle, that is simultaneously personal, institutional and systematic with the goal of benefiting one group of people by oppressing others based on differences ascribed to the body.