Building a Culture Where Black People Thrive

What does Anti-Blackness mean?

Anti-Blackness: A Definition

The term Black people refers to African Americans who are descended from the historical African diaspora to the Americas and Caribbean as well as more recent African descended immigrants to the United States from countries in Africa, Americas, Caribbean and Europe.

Anti-Blackness refers to actions or behaviors that minimize, marginalize or devalue the full participation of Black people in life. The spectrum of anti-Black actions and behaviors spans from unconscious bias to motivated acts of prejudice. They include the tolerance of or indifference to the under-representation, differential success and advancement, or experience of Black people in the university.

The impact of anti-Blackness is aggravated by intersectional dimensions of diversity - class, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, immigrant and immigration status, sexual orientation, veteran status, among others. Acts of anti-Blackness may not be maliciously motivated even rise to the level of a policy violation, but the accumulated and negative
impacts of these acts on the campus Black community robs them of their full
participation and sense of belonging at UCI.

As such, anti-Blackness seriously compromises the capacity of the entire university enterprise (campus and medical center) to discover, innovate and serve. As such, it fundamentally contradicts UCI's role as a public research university serving the state, the nation and world.

Anti-Blackness: A Resource Guide


Introduction: What is anti-Blackness?

Black Resistance

Reconstruction and the civil rights movement

Racial justice on campus



White Supremacy: Structures, Mechanisms, Practices

Racial Bias




What is allyship?

What is allyship on campus?