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Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Alla Korzh

Second Advisor

Bruce Dayton


The notion of systematic racism continues to exist even today among African-Americans. The systematic racism that they face prevails in every area of their life, whether it is social or economical. This paper examines the experiences of systematic racism that African Americans go through in their daily lives and to what extent they believe that reparations can be used to address those inequalities and be a means to overcome racism in the United States. The literature reviewed focused on various aspects on the history of racism and inequality in the United States, systematic barriers in education, as well as the wealth gap and the case for reparations. The methodology of the study was carried out in the form of interviews. The interviews were conducted with African-Americans from middle class backgrounds. The purpose of opting for the aforementioned individuals is that they would provide helpful insight into the systematic racism from their own personal lives. The data analysis was carried out through the use of the NiViVo method, which focused on highlighting the key themes that emerged from the interviews. The findings revealed that systematic racism still exists today within the country and continues to effect various aspects of the participants' lives.


Africana Studies | American Politics | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Influence and Political Communication | Social Justice