3 Major Reasons Why Racism Isn’t Just a Southern Problem

“It’s almost like racism was and is a systemic problem.”

Do you think of the South as more racist than the rest of the US? The stereotype of a racist is often shown as a Southerner – but if you think of racism as a Southern problem, then you’re missing a big part of the picture.

In this episode of MTV’s Decoded, Franchesca Ramsey breaks down some of the terribly racist history of Northern and Western states that are often said to be more progressive.

And don’t make the mistake of believing this is ancient history – these are some of the ways that racism is passed down through generations, and they have a disturbing connection to our current society.

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism


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Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey is a graphic designer and video blogger based out of New York City. With over 100k subscribers on her two YouTube channels, Chescaleigh and Chescalocs, she and her videos have been featured on numerous style and entertainment blogs and news publications including MTV, The New York Times, Essence.com, and The BBC. In addition to making YouTube videos, she’s the writer-at-large for Upworthy.com and host of the MTV News webseries “Decoded”. Follow her on Twitter @chescaleigh.