What is Racism?

Racism is the belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another, that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by their inborn biological characteristics.

Racism has existed throughout human history to different degrees and in different formations. It may be defined as the hatred of one person by another — or the belief that another person is less than human — because of skin colour, language, customs, culture, place of birth or any factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person. Racism is also systemic, as in it is built into the structures of societies and has influenced wars, slavery, the formation of nations, laws, and affects the likelihood of where people will find themselves in social hierarchies.

What can I do if I experience racism?

If you would like to talk to somebody about your experience in a confidential and safe space, you could contact or book an appointment with the GSA Advice Service. An advisor will be able to give you some information on what your options are, and you can decide whether you wish to take any action. We can also signpost and make referrals to specialist services who would be best-placed to advise you in your situation.

If you have experienced any racism or other hate crime on campus, you can report it to the University here

Outside of the University you can also report hate crime to the following organisations:

North Yorkshire Police
Citizens Advice Bureau
City of York Council

Additional support is available through the York Racial Equality Network

York Racial Equality Network is a local organisation that aims to reduce racial inequality in York. They provide a number of services, including being a hate crime reporting centre.

Contact details:

20 Falsgrave Crescent, York, YO30 7AZ
E: info@yren.co.uk
W: www.yren.co.uk
T: 01904 642600