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This glossary is a quick and extremely summarized definition of terms that people will encounter on their social justice journey. Because these complex terms have been simplified, we urge you to find more resources on your own, learn about nuances,  and make these terms personable. We left a few hyperlinks for you to click through, but we are here to help you if you want more! Please note that this glossary is still a work in progress! Next time you visit our site, we will have more terms for you!  Subscribe to us to stay updated.


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the act of abolishing (formally putting an end [to a system, institution, or practice]);

in more recent conversations, used in context of police brutality and prison-industrial complex as “Abolish the Police.”


the acronym for "All Cops are Bastards."


 the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change.



a phrase used to typically counter the Black Lives Matter movement in which gaslighting BIPOC. It shields the issue at hand and makes us believe that all lives have already been deemed important when the whole premise of ALL has not been fulfilled. 

What's the difference between equality and equity? 

Equality: the state of being equal (especially in status, rights, and opportunities) 


Equity: the quality of being fair and impartial


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the theory that there are different characteristics that identify a person and clarifies the way in which a person can experience privilege and oppression or qualitatively distinctive lives. Some examples include race, religion, class, gender, ability, etc.


the acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or questioning, and all other sexual identities such as asexual, pansexual, and intersex.

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brief and common daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental communications, whether intentional or unintentional, that transmit hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to a target person because they belong to a stigmatized group



the false idea that Asian (Americans) achieve universal socioeconomic success over all minorities


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a modified form of liberalism tending to favor free-market capitalism


civil rights violation where officers exercise undue or excessive force against a subject​

What's the difference between systematic and systemic?

Systematic: something inside a system or affects all parts of a system

Systemic: the way a process is done in which "actions were done according to 'some system or organized method.'" (@i_weigh)


 the belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities, especially so as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to one another

the irrational

color-metaphor that associates East Asians as an existential threat to the Western world (also known as Yellow Terror) 


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