Per wikipedia: Institutional racism (also known as systemic racism) is a form of racism expressed in the practice of social and political institutions. It is reflected in disparities regarding wealth, income, criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, political power and education, among other factors.
The difference between being rich and being poor is now defined as racism.
The only discrimination permitted under law nowadays is the ability to afford your desires. Money is the only way to discriminate in society today. There is no systemic age, gender, sex, race, and religious discrimination. Those systems have been broken.
At one time, money was known as motivation.Now it is racist.
If you can’t afford your desires and the quality of life you pursue, then it is now officially known as racism.
After 50 years of removing barriers to black-white integration in the societal systems of education, sports, finances, criminal justice, healthcare, politics, employment and another hundred aspects, it is no longer enough for a young black person to have equal opportunity with a young white person. It is now important that the collective black person because of his/her race be made equal BY LAW, not BY OPPORTUNITY, to something others now define as disparity.
This is a socialist idea masquerading as racial inequity. The socialists are hijacking race in the name of socialism.
Quoting DRWORKS: “We cannot dismantle racism in a system that exploits people for private profit. If we want to dismantle racism, then we must build a movement for economic justice.”
There are 50 years of progress in removing racist programs and practices that were once embedded in the fabric of American society. Programs and practices had their foot on the neck of black people long before George Floyd was born. Those programs and practices were dismantled in the past 50 years.
Today, every person graduates high school with an equal opportunity to create their future. Whether you are white or black or something in between, your future is in your hands. If you make something of yourself, you will lead a life you have fashioned with your two hands, with your intellect, with all your abilities, and sometimes with a little luck.
If you fail at life today, this is not society’s fault. If you take drugs, if you have poor work habits, if you pursue vices in your life, if you have a negative attitude, if you are not mindful of your actions, you will not make a successful life for yourself. If you fail, it is all on you. Just like athletes must train to be a better athlete, you must train to have a better life or you will fail when life makes the game really hard on you.
Let’s use an analogy to make another point about life. The California Gold Rush. Some people sold their possessions in Missouri and headed for California to pursue the wealth imagined available for everyone. Some people began their journey from Ohio. Others began from New York City, and there were even people from Europe who made the journey to California gold fields. Each had the same goal. The farther one was from California, the longer and more difficult the journey. MANY people did not make it to California. They stopped along the way and said “this is as far as I am willing to go”. Of those who made it to California, some never found the gold they sought.
Today, everyone in the US begins from St Louis in life. (Everyone but the rich, of course,… money has its advantages.) We all begin as high school graduates, no money of our own, uncertain about what we are going to do, and where we will end up. We all journey to California and goldmines.
The idea that disparity is racism is a racist pronouncement itself. It says to people that they do not have the ability to better themselves because of their race. It says they cannot overcome the travails of life even when the playing field is level.
And most egregiously, systemic racism says those who have something only have something because of racism, from some injustice they perform upon others.
How sick is that thinking?
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Please watch this: https://youtu.be/4K5fbQ1-zps
We don’t all start in the same place with the same opportunities.
And read this:
Click to access Bertrand_LakishaJamal.pdf
We don’t get the same opportunities once we are out in the world either.
I have seen both of these before. In the video, the questions and the rewards are biased towards disfavoring low income people with dysfunctional families. The premise is that behaviors attributed to whites promote success in life and behaviors associated with Low Income and dysfunctional families do not promote success. That is as racist as it gets in my view. However, it supports my contention that people headed for California from Europe do have a longer road to walk than St Louis.
We have the richest poor people in the world. They have more blessings than any other poor people anywhere and it is not dependent on the color of their skin it is because they live in the US. Cellphones for poor people? The world should be so lucky. Stable marriages? Phfft. Absent fathers? Phfft. Want to talk about WWI and WW2 and two coast marriages? This social experiment was designed to showcase and support the proposition that your childhood defines who you are rather than your adulthood. I object to that philosophy in the strongest possible terms. The journey is more difficult. The success of others is not your concern. Your success is your concern. The difference between a teenager with a cellphone and one without is not a life-breaker. The difference between having a father and not having one is not a life-breaker. Some will tell you that the challenges they faced as children is what gave them the drive to succeed. While “life” conditions us, we do have our DNA and our attitude and our expectations of self that move us to improve.
One more thing, a rose by any other name still smells as sweet. To say that a name on paper controls your destiny is abhorrent to me. To say that some names are more appealing than others is not racism or a disadvantage in getting interviews. When all things are equal and the name is the only difference, then yes, the name matters. It is racial and not racist. “We” hire people who are like us so they fit in…that is normal. When things are are not equal, the content of the resume does all the talking.