Why Is Ending Racism so Controversial? (Mini-Blog #22)

pri153275384Someone shared a post asking why ending racism is apparently so controversial. My take on it:

In his book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” Dr. Ibram X. Kendi points out that there’s been two competing streams in our society, culture, and country: racial progress and progressing, or what I like to call evolving, racism.

Here’s how the streams have gone:

Slavey ended but gets followed by Jim Crow and segregation.

Jim Crow and segregation end but get followed by mass incarceration and the Drug War.

We elected Obama and he gets followed by Trump.

In each step forward in racial progress, racism evolves and progresses too. Essentially making antiracist work and progress a 1 step forward, 2 steps back situation at times.

Dr. Kendi says the most racist myth that evolving racism has created is the myth of our country becoming post-racial with the election Obama. That is another act of the streams here. Get a black man elected President, racial progress, then folks create the racist myth of our being post-racial, evolving racism.

That’s why they can’t see it, well, there’s many reasons, and some folks choose not to see it, but ultimately folks think we are post-racial and thus racism is gone. It has been ended, so there’s no need for BLM and all this fuss over a black man being lynched by the knees of 3 cops.

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