The policies and practices – historical and current – that have a consistent, disparate, and negative impact on racial minorities. 

These are the systems that got us here and the ones that keep us here.


The lists on the T-shirts of the sysTemic160 collection​ represent historic and current policies, practices, and phenomena that create and sustain racial inequality along several dimensions.


The lists are far from exhaustive, and the categories are certainly not mutually exclusive. They do, however, provide a framework to begin talking about systems that have created and sustain inequality.


For each of our T-shirts we have provided brief histories and data points. You might find this information useful the next time a passerby sees you wearing your sysTemic160 T-shirt and wants to engage in conversation.