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A Survey of Racist Symptoms

CLICK HERE to take the Survey and get your racism vulnerability score.

Use your score, the meaning of your score, and the first-step recommendations for personal racial reform (below) to help create systems of justice and practices of racial equality.

NOTE: This psychological assessment tool was created by Dr. Reneé Carr and is often used as a beginning step to racial and justice reform. Your score is the likely reflection of your underlying thoughts and beliefs about a specific race. It is not intended to provide a clinical diagnosis for your mental health. Each racism score is meant to create positive change within yourself, your family, and your community.


Click here to complete the AM I RACIST? Symptom Survey

Answer each question anonymously and honestly.

First-Step Recommendations for Personal Racial Reform


  1. As a first step to creating reform for yourself and/or your community, increase self-awareness of having a racial privilege; OR, from being extremely protected or in denial about the discrimination against your own race or ethnicity. For example: (a) Are you able to shop in a high-end store without being followed? (b) Would people assume a female from your race who is walking alone with her child is a single mother? (c) Are you able to openly share your religious faith without fear? (d) If you wanted to, could you apply for an apartment/house without thinking your race/ethnicity will affect your approval? (e) If being accused of being racist, would you say or think, “…but some of my close friends are [name of racial/ethnic group].”?

  2. Listen and learn more about real stories of racial discrimination and racial oppression. You can find them on YouTube, news articles, and on-line blogs.

  3. Increase your racial literacy by reading books, historical accounts, and legal testimonies of racial injustice, slavery, modern-day slavery, police brutality, and systemic oppression.

  4. Attend local events or join organizations that are multicultural and are openly discussing racism, race inequality, or racial harassment.

  5. Volunteer, become a member, or join movements and groups that educate or engage in activities to increase awareness of racial injustice.

  6. Research your county/city or state budget for school funding. Identify which zip codes receive the most funding and which race(s) is/are most likely to live in the lower-funded schools.

  7. Research the health conditions and disparities in your county/city. Compare the racial make-up of a disease, mortality rate, or early death by zip code.

  8. Pay attention to the leadership in your school/workplace/association and your County/City Council. Is there equal distribution of power and decision-making by race?

  9. Make a list of your good qualities and the good qualities about your race. Then, make a list of your personal insecurities. For each insecurity, what could/has a person or group from [racial group B] do/done that might trigger one of your insecurities.

  10. If you have children, buy them toys, books, and costumes that resemble persons of other races and ethnicities.

  11. Make a list of all the stereotypes that you believe or have thought about. Then, research each one to discover the historical origin of that group generalization.

  12. Listen to interviews, testimonies, and other sources of personal stories related to racial profiling, racial harassment, and racial injustices. Then, actively search for similar occurrences of racism in your own community, school, or workplace. For each occurrence, think of at least one solution for racial reform that you can begin or recommend to others to begin.

  13. Teach your children, students, family members, friends, and colleagues about the realities of racism and local examples of systemic oppression. Have an honest and open-minded conversation about racial privileges.

  14. If you become aware of repeated complaints of racial harassment, racial discrimination, or systemic barriers in a specific organization or corporation actively become a part of the solution.

  15. When blatant acts of racism occur, such as hate crimes or race-related killings, think about the justice you would want if your loved one was the victim. Then take at least three actions to: (a) advocate for the victim or advocate against that specific act of racism; (b) research how often this type of racism occurs in your city/county. Present the objective data to your elected official or other authority and ask for a solution; or (c) Connect with a person or group who is familiar with the racism you observed or learned about and ask how you can use your racial privilege to help bring about change.

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