We hear much about racism these days. In fact, we’ve been told, conditioned you might say, that systemic and foundational racism is the driver of every dynamic in our society in the 21st century.
Never you mind that most people don’t understand the difference between prejudice, which cannot be conquered, and racism, which can be conquered. Defeating racism requires only enforcing codified equal representation and legal and constitutional equality. Prejudice is then made moot by the inability for one to act on it. For instance, one may dislike – or be prejudiced against for some reason- a peer in a work environment, but it is still illegal, unethical, and immoral for one to subject that peer to differential treatment, and the loss of one’s livelihood and their reputation will be the result. Another example would be a property owner – whether an individual or a corporate entity – not renting or selling that property to someone based on their prejudice, whatever that prejudice may be. Laws exist specifically to prevent this, and to punish those that do not abide by them.
With that said, I have been troubled over the last few years with the rise of government and corporate “diversity, inclusion, and equity” directives. Sure, kicking the dead and rotting carcass of slavery and the civil rights movement for “educational” purposes is fine, but dividing, shaming, berating, and now discriminating against others based on immutable inherited qualities like skin color isn’t just hateful and counterproductive, it’s (gasp!) racist.
In response to this new anti-racism racism, I set myself on a quest to find an example of socially accepted and promoted racism. An example so egregious and blatant that my opinion would be swayed regarding institutional and corporate racism. Well folks, I found it, and I’d like to share it with you so that you can admit to the racism that, in fact, DOES exist all around you. Please watch the following clip in its entirety and share this article with others. Remember, the fight to end racism starts with you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ2f5OVZ7Oo
“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to, and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.” – Frederick Douglass