Fighting Racism?

Good grief we have been fighting this for how long?

Katt Williams can answer that question…..

And in the 21st century we have come back to the bad old days of the 1960s and the fight for equality and the end of racism…..and the civil rights movement thought they had accomplished that with the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act……but apparently nothing was truly settled in those days with those Acts. 

Were these Acts just exercises in pacification?

A great American writer and activist, James Baldwin, made an observation that is as true today as it was when Baldwin made it……

“There are days—this is one of them—when you wonder what your role is in this country and what your future is in it. How, precisely, are you going to reconcile yourself to your situation here and how you are going to communicate to the vast, heedless, unthinking, cruel white majority that you are here. I’m terrified at the moral apathy, the death of the heart, which is happening in my country. These people have deluded themselves for so long that they really don’t think I’m human. And I base this on their conduct, not on what they say. And this means that they have become in themselves moral monsters.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/07/raoul-peck-james-baldwin-i-am-not-your-negro/613708/

A little historical perspective here…..

Consider, for instance, the study that the Bureau of Labor commissioned famed Black scholar W.E.B. DuBois to complete in the early 1900s. Determined to employ sound sociological methods to disprove racist beliefs that Black people were inferior, he and a team of researchers spent three years in Lowndes County, Alabama, gathering data from 5,000 Black families (approximately 25,000 individuals). It detailed the conditions of life in the region, and was one of the largest sociological studies of rural Black life ever conducted. When DuBois submitted the final manuscript, it was a handwritten document full of charts and infographics.4 Not only did the government bureau refuse to publish the study, but it destroyed the document entirely, claiming it was rejected due to technical matters. DuBois made the case in his correspondence and autobiography, however, that the bureau rejected the document because it revealed the inconvenient political truth about conditions for Black Americans.

When Proof Is Not Enough

Does that sound at all familiar?

At what point does the nation holding meetings and discussions and protests and start actually solving the problems that racism has created?

Especially since the news is not good for BLM…..it is losing support with whites…..

Arguably, though, the protests’ impact on public opinion has been even more immediate and wide-ranging. Unfavorable views of the police, acknowledgement of widespread discrimination against African Americans and support for Black Lives Matter all jumped up by at least 10 percentage points, according to tracking polls conducted shortly before and after the protests by both Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape and Civiqs.

These changes in public opinion are being driven in large part by white Americans, who for years have been much less likely than Black Americans to acknowledge that racial inequality remains a real problem. Since the first wave of large-scale Black Lives Matter protests in 2014, white Americans’ racial attitudes have gradually become more liberalized while Black Americans’ views have remained relatively steady.

Support For Black Lives Matter Surged During Protests, But Is Waning Among White Americans

Just wondering!

Please check out earlier post about racism and bigotry…..from the IST archives…….

https://lobotero.com/2014/07/29/this-is-your-brain-on-racism-inside-the-mind-of-modern-bigotry-salon-com/

https://lobotero.com/2019/09/10/that-race-talk/

https://lobotero.com/2019/09/25/stop-racism-is-the-problem/

https://lobotero.com/2020/07/16/how-did-society-come-to-this/

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

6 thoughts on “Fighting Racism?

  1. This was a very powerful topic and I was almost in tears. I’m 40 today and I have experienced racism at school, employment and university failed me by 5% I was the only black persons in my class; I studied super hard, went to extra mile. All my classmates were white and they couldn’t believe how hard I was work just to pass. Everyone passed expect me. I was told that I didn’t write my final assignment academically. I write my assignments the same way and got it proofread because my grammar isn’t. I’m dyslexics and I had never gone to university when I was accepted to do a postgraduate certificate in business and executive coaching. I worked hard to save money and they were fast at taking my money but left me to teach myself the subject they were supposed to teach me. For 5years I have been fighting for results, I spent £10,000 on course and I couldn’t lose that money like that. Last month, I told I could redo the assignment again after 5 years had gone by, I accepted. I submitted my assignment two days before my birthday. I told them if I was white this matter would have been resolved 5years ago. It’s sad and very painful how black and minorities people are treated, by some white people. But we shouldn’t lose hope; we need teach each other to love unconditionally and be patient. We need to stop seeing Color and start see human beings with beating hearts. We are all one.

    1. A powerful memory….and I apologize for all those that treated you less that others around them….I appreciate you sharing this with me and my followers. I have written many posts about racism…please feel free to read them all if you like chuq

      1. Thank you for reply. You’re welcome, the universe doesn’t sent us experiences that we can’t find strength our inner strength in. Thank you again

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