Reckoning with cultural extraction

Our economy was built on the genocide of indigenous people and the violent extraction of labor from enslaved Africans. This cruelty was justified by white people’s created illusion that those we killed, stole from, and enslaved were inferior and that white people were superior and therefore deserving of excess power and resources. These roots continue to feed our systems today, which produce more wealth and health for white people, and continued barriers, hardships, and disparities for people of color.