The Myth of a Post-Racial America

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PostWed Jul 03, 2013 1:19 am » by Noentry


"How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what's already yours? You haven't even made progress, if what's being given to you, you should have had already. That's no progress." -- Malcolm X, 1964

In 1964, the United States was in the throes of racial conflict. Civil rights activists were leading black Americans and their white allies in a struggle against institutionalized racism, segregation, and disenfranchisement. The situation was bleak, activists were being murdered, the government seemed deadlocked on the issue, and many were losing hope. However, the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act set the stage for a positive transformation in race relations in a country that had been plagued by racial tension since its inception.

We have yet to live up to that hoped-for transformation. Almost 50 years later, despite having made demonstrable progress on the race issue, the idea that we live in a "post-racial" society is simply a myth--a myth that was given a boost last week when the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, legislation enacted during the Civil Rights Era which was critical to the enfranchisement of black Americans living in the Jim Crow South. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Roberts claimed that times had changed since the 1960s, and the section of the law requiring historically racist sections of the country to have changes to their elections laws vetted by the federal government was anachronistic.

Superficially, Roberts' claims ring true. Obviously Americans have made great strides in confronting issues of race since the 1960s. De jure segregation has been eliminated, minority groups have greater access to essential goods and services, and we have seen what many thought would never happen, the election of a black man to the office of the presidency.

Yet looking past the veil of progress which clouds the vision of well-meaning people who believe the issue of racism has been solved, we can easily see that there are many policies and practices in America which perpetuate the inequality of races. The following is a brief rundown of the many fronts on which America continues to fail to live up to its "post-racial" ideal.

The criminal justice system. The starkest example of racial discrimination in America today is the treatment of blacks and other minorities in the criminal justice system. The statistics are astounding. Consider that:

- There are more blacks in the corrections system today -- whether in prison or on probation or parole -- than were enslaved in 1850.

- People of color account for 30% of the total population in America, yet comprise 60% of the prison population.

- Blacks that commit federal crimes on average receive sentences that are ten percent longer than their white counterparts.

- One in three black men will see the inside of a prison in his lifetime.

- Blacks and Hispanics are much more likely to face interaction with police officers, are three times as likely to be searched during a traffic stop, and four times as likely to be the target of the use of police force.

War on drugs. A good deal of the disproportionate impact of the corrections system on blacks and other minorities is due to the government's relentless, fruitless pursuit known as the Drug War. Consider that:

- Only 14 percent of drug users are black, but blacks constitute 37 percent of those arrested for drug crimes.

- Blacks make up 50% of state and local inmates imprisoned for drug crimes.

- Black youth are ten times as likely as their white counterparts to be arrested for drug crimes, despite the fact that whites are more likely to abuse drugs.

Then you have the proliferation of SWAT team raids used to enforce drug laws and execute search warrants, sometimes resulting in the deaths of innocent people like Jose Guerena and Aiyana Jones--both of whom were "brown skinned."

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PostMon Jul 15, 2013 1:22 am » by Noentry


"The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority.
The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.
The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking."
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PostTue Jul 23, 2013 4:30 pm » by Noentry


Trayvon's Murder Was an Act of Racism

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The Crime Was Racist

George Zimmerman profiled Trayvon Martin, called the police and then provoked a fight, where he ended up shooting to death an unarmed black seventeen year old boy. I have friends and family on Facebook who have asked me "not to make it about race." But the truth is that it became an act of racism the moment that Zimmerman profiled a young black man carrying Skittles and made the assumption he was armed and dangerous.

It gets tricky, because Zimmerman was afraid for his life. Even though he was playing vigilante and preying on someone more vulnerable, he was afraid of his victim. And the scary thing is that he probably had no idea just how racist he was being in that moment. That's the thing about racism. It's so systemic and cultural that it is almost thoughtless. And the judging, stereotyping and hate often come out of fear and ignorance, which can often lead the offender into thinking he or she is the victim.

The whole crime, from the profiling to the slurs to the confrontation to the murder were all acts of racism. They began with a mindset of fear and misunderstanding.

Change the scenario to an unarmed white woman and Zimmerman suddenly becomes a creepy stalker. Suddenly the slurs, ignoring the warnings and following the victim around all sound like a more powerful man preying on the vulnerable.

It's easy to forget that Trayvon was the unarmed victim, being stalked and forced to defend himself against a man trying to play vigilante.

The Reactions Are Racist

What I find most disturbing about the case is the way people have put Trayvon Martin, a young boy who is already dead, on trial. Asking the question, "What was Trayvon doing to provoke Zimmerman?" is akin to asking, "What was that woman wearing to get raped?" It's a case of blaming the victim.

There is no law against carrying Skittles. And when he was followed, provoked and attacked, Trayvon Martin stood his ground. He fought back in self-defense. In a racialized society, that was his real crime. He wasn't willing to be "put in his place." He wasn't docile and timid and waiting nicely for the police to show up to a crime he never committed.

He was strong. Unarmed, but also strong. And that's still a crime in our racialized society. In our twisted cultural mindset, a strong black man defending himself is something that confirms the collective fear of the dangerous teenage black thug. The fact that so many people have put Trayvon Martin on trial suggests that our society is not all that far removed from the same fear that led Zimmerman to shoot a kid.

I'm not sure where we go from here, but I have a hunch it has to do with awareness, empathy and being honest about the fear and misunderstanding that leads to racist acts like profiling
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PostWed Jul 24, 2013 6:58 am » by mediasorcery


you could see it like this? just bcos something is racist, dont make it not true?
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PostWed Jul 24, 2013 10:48 am » by Harbin


Margaret Sanger worked to resolve the issue.
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PostFri Oct 25, 2013 5:13 am » by Noentry


"The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority.
The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.
The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking."
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PostFri Oct 25, 2013 5:45 am » by Ishumble



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PostFri Oct 25, 2013 5:56 am » by Noentry


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"The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority.
The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.
The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking."
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PostFri Oct 25, 2013 6:37 am » by Noentry


Harbin wrote:Margaret Sanger worked to resolve the issue.


really?

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"The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority.
The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.
The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking."
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PostThu Oct 31, 2013 6:20 am » by Noentry



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If 94 million Africans were killed during slavery
What kind of culture will result after slavery?
One that is angry and resentful, wouldn't you think?
"The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority.
The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.
The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking."
A. A. Milne


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