“God demands
first of all heart,
and then the work.”

St. Vincent de Paul

 

 

OPJCC Priority Issue: Racism

‘Racist’ and ‘racism’ are public terms that have largely replaced the traditional social science concepts of prejudice and discrimination. The terms prejudice and ‘racist’ mostly refer to persons’ attitudes; whereas, discrimination and ‘racism’ mostly refer to persons’ actions and to the practices of organizations, albeit carried out by its participants. What we have learned over the past 50 years is that many persons’ discriminatory actions are not so much driven by their own attitudes as that they reflect the norms, rules and laws in organizations: the practices of racism.  

‘Racist’ mostly refers to persons’ prejudicial attitudes; ‘Racism’ is mostly used to describe something unfair about social situations and organizations. That unfairness is about ways that the practices of organizations in which we live are favoring the (pre)dominate people.

‘Systemic racism’ refers to the idea that some form of these practices have spread throughout all the social institutions of our society: economy, politics, religion, education, health, law enforcement, recreation/leisure, military and family. Some of the resultant disfavoring of ‘minorities’ may be personal discrimination; however, more of it is historical discrimination that has been built (through norms, rules and laws) into the practices of social institutions and organizations.

We may be non-racist persons, or more likely working to become non-racists, yet still foster and benefit from the practices of racism within various organizations. Becoming aware of this personal and social reality may be one of the most important steps toward helping to build a more fair and just society.

Kay Clifton, PhD
July 2020

Ministries

Upcoming Events

View All

Aug
13
Thu
Mass for the Motherhouse Sisters
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Mass at the Motherhouse will temporarily be for the Motherhouse Sisters only but will livestreamed for everyone. You will be able to view the mass at 10 a.m. EDST by CLICKING HERE or watch the archived mass on the Sisters password-protected section of the website. Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Jim Meade

Read About…

View All

Celebrating Our Jubilarians – Sister Jean Marian Crowley

Most know her as S. Cookie and all are grateful for her joy, witness and sharing of life with us. Meet Diamond Jubilarian Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Cookie Crowley. Please join us in congratulating S. Cookie on 60 years of faith-filled service. …