Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed September 14, 2013, by North Carolina police officer Randall Kerrick. Ferrell was unarmed. (AP Photo/Florida A&M University). see article by M.D. Smith: THE EFFECTS OF IGNORING SYSTEMIC RACISM| The Nation on 1/27/14. List of ways to fight racism in 2014, the first thing I mentioned was reclaiming the definition of racism—from one primarily concerned with individual acts of bias or discrimination to a definition that understands its systemic nature.