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Stop letting people around blame you for their problems and cut it off immediately.
Enough is enough time to cut the Bs and PC culture and call a spade a spade.
The cold hard truth is that what is often referred to as "systemic racism" is very real but most people (of all races) seem oblivious to its
fundamental nature or why it persists.
Part of the problem is that issues of race are examined through political lenses. On the Right, the popular sentiment is that "racism" ended in the
60's and black folks need to just "just get over it." Essentially, the idea here is that systemic racism is a problem of the past that was remedied by
the end of Jim Crow laws.
On the Left, in recent years, there's been an embrace of parts of what is collectively known as Critical Race Theory (which is, imo largely political
pseudoscience), including concepts like "white privilege." In this case, the general idea is that "the system" inherently favors white people and
therefore perpetuates racial inequality.
There are kernels of truth in each. It's no longer legal for states to have ostensibly racist laws and open racism is no longer tolerated in
mainstream society and yet, objective analysis reveals that white people are unencumbered by racial biases that negatively impact other "races."
In my opinion, the root of persisting inequality is the disparity in economic opportunity. Black Americans as a group have been unable to achieve
economic parity despite so-called "positive discrimination" efforts like Affirmative Action. Worse yet, as employment continues to shift toward
service industries, we can expect to see racial tensions increase. We see it happening in this Presidential election. There's a reason why Trump is
disproportionately popular among the underemployed/less educated white demographic — these people have seen their economic opportunity dwindle and
they're rightly concerned about the future. At the same time, blacks have been disproportionately less educated/underemployed all along and the gains
black Americans as a whole were making in the middle of the last century were dealt a similar blow, decades ago when manufacturing employment started
to slip and were dealt a double whammy by the effects of mass incarceration and the "War on Drugs."
Do you ever wonder why "rust belt" cities like Detroit and Chicago have large populations of blacks living in economically depressed neighborhoods
when at the turn of the century something like 90% of black Americans lived in the South? It's because there were essentially three large waves of
immigration out of the South, away from Jim Crow laws and the like and toward what was then
economic opportunity outside of the still agrarian
South, particularly after the immigration of poor Europeans was restricted (following Immigration Act of 1924) and industry needed factory workers.
What happened when the factories were shut down and the jobs moved away? Consider that peak manufacturing employment occurred at the same time as the
Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 which established things like "Section 8" housing. What do you think happens when people with poor
employment opportunities are concentrated into densely packed neighborhoods? The result is economically depressed areas with no tax base to support
education (the biggest funding of which comes from property taxes) and infrastructure and it's hopelessness, resentment, stigmatization, higher crime
rates (and inadequate legal defense) and a fertile breeding ground for gangs — in other words, the result is ghettos and these could be filled with
white people, black people or another other "race."
In summation, the answer to ending racial tensions begins with solving the employment issues we face as a result of deindustrialization and afaik,
technological progress precludes a return to the industrialization of the past so "bring the jobs back" campaign rhetoric is just more BS that won't
edit on 2016-4-30 by theantediluvian because: (no reason given)