Posted on July 1, 2014
Racism In America Must End!
Blacks, as well as other racial minorities, have been fighting for true equality in America since the birth of this nation. At this point in America’s ambivalent history, the battle for social and economic equality still continues for blacks, American Indians, Latinos and others. The objective is to get not only whites, but all Americans to realize that there is still much more to be done to try and fix the damage that was done by the crimes against humanity that have been perpetrated and perpetuated against racial minorities in America—the stronghold of liberty and justice.
After whites committed genocide against American Indians, and secured the slave trade-one of a number of heinous institutions that this world has seen, are racial minorities supposed to be appeased by mere legislation in the form of Civil rights and and Affirmative Action that has now been effectively dismantled in its relative infancy before it ever had a chance to effect sustained change? It would have been nice to let certain programs survive at least a quarter of the time that outright racial prejudice and racial discrimination were the norm in America. After several centuries of forced labor and free real estate that was acquired by unthinkable atrocities, and then leaving thousands of persons virtually homeless and with little to no economic power, does America truly believe that it has ameliorated this situation by telling racial minorities that they are equal in word, but not in deed (pun intended)? Do the majority of Americans sincerely believe that a long and ugly history of exploitation, racism, and the doctrine of manifest destiny on one end of the scales of justice, can be balanced by approximately four decades of halfhearted attempts at spreading “equality”?
It is somewhat ludicrous that in this new millennium, many people still believe that they are inherently superior to others based on their race as opposed to being extremely long term beneficiaries of racial discrimination. To hear someone refer to “coons”, “wetbacks”, “chow meins”, “spicks”, “redskins”, “black jelly beans”, “towel heads”, “niggers”, etc., is basically just ridiculous in a society that should be evolving, and transcending discrimination based on race. But it is just as ridiculous—if not insidious—to close your eyes to the racism in America that continues to rear its ugly head today, especially institutional racism that is as prevalent as ever. Moreover, to downplay or feign ignorance about the dire sociological, psychological, and economical effects that centuries of racism have played upon oppressed persons is perhaps the greatest crime of all. Why do racial minorities make up disproportionate numbers within the military and penal system? Why are racial minorities so highly underrepresented in the boardrooms and classrooms of America? Why is there such a great disparity of social and economic conditions between whites and racial minorities? Could it be that racism in America and racial discrimination still exist, and programs like Affirmative Action were never allowed to reach fruition? After years of socialization through a whip, being overrun by “manifest destiny,” being treated like cattle or legally “three-fifths” of a man, and then later being negatively portrayed in the media (if portrayed at all), virtually being forgotten in school books, and not being paid any serious reparations for hundreds of years of oppression, how can this not have a detrimental effect upon the overall condition and psyche of racial minorities in today’s times? And, to top it all off, the foot soldiers of the race-baited agenda—often camouflaged in religion or some ideology about American ideals—don’t seem to realize that they are more similar socially and economically to peoples of color than the puppeteers at the top who have historically passed laws that are a detriment to all people on the lower rungs of the social and economic ladder. In some respects, the battle for true equality is not just about racism, but”classism”. This is but another reason to overcome the ignorance that belies racism, prejudice and racial discrimination.
People must understand that for America to truly thrive, the undercurrent of ignorance that continues to pervade this country must end. America cannot afford to allow an increasing class of persons to be deprived of social, economic, and educational opportunities because of institutional racism (or anything else, really). If America continues on this course, then this social and economic sore will fester until the pain becomes unbearable. This could ultimately lead to civil unrest, or worse. One only has to study about the decline and fall of Rome to see that one of the main reasons such a powerful empire fell is because of inequality. No state is going to survive in the long run by allowing people in power to put their personal agendas ahead of the good of the state. Racism in all its forms, especially institutional racism that breeds, nurtures and creates all kinds of societal ills is not good for America. Racism must end for America to survive and thrive in an increasingly global economy. Many of us are complacent now, but in another century when approximately half of America will be so-called “minorities,” future generations may look at our inaction to deal forthrightly and openly about racism in America as the Achilles heel that caused America’s demise.