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This article originally appeared on The Conversation. You can read it here.

At the 2020 BAFTA awards, Joaquin Phoenix called out systemic racism in the film industry in his acceptance speech for leading actor.

He said:

I think that we send a very clear message to people of colour that you're not welcome here. I think that's the message that we're sending to people that have contributed so much to our medium and our industry and in ways that we benefit from. […]
I think it's more than just having sets that are multicultural. We have to do really the hard work to truly understand systemic racism.

"Systemic racism", or "institutional racism", refers to how ideas of white superiority are captured in everyday thinking at a systems level: taking in the big picture of how society operates, rather than looking at one-on-one interactions.

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