"Institutional Racism" and "White Skin Privilege":
What Might be the Connections? We often think of prejudice and racism as something that individual people have or display towards a particular group, and that racism hurts most when a person of color is unfairly or unjustly treated by a white person. And it is important that each of us think about the kinds of assumptions and stereotype we carry towards other groups of which we aren't members. But sometimes personal prejudice or individual racism is not the most damaging or important kind of racism that exists. There is institutional racism as well.