Systemic racism. We’re told by the Left, the Black Lives Matter movement, the liberal media, and now many of America’s largest corporations that it’s a real, endemic part of white America. Is it?
Along with “white supremacy,” “white privilege,” and just “plain old” racism, “systemic racism” is carelessly thrown around by the Left as yet another indictment against “whiteness” in America.
White people are told that they can’t avoid being infected with systemic racism. That it’s part of their very fabric. Simply by being born white. Part of their genetic makeup, if you will. But again, is it true?
While multiple definitions and interpretations of systemic racism exist, many of which are crafted to make it clear that indeed all white people are inherently guilty of it, this definition from The Aspen Institute covers most or all of the bases.
A system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity.
It identifies dimensions of our history and culture that have allowed privileges associated with “whiteness” and disadvantages associated with “color” to endure and adapt over time.
Structural racism is not something that a few people or institutions choose to practice. Instead it has been a feature of the social, economic, and political systems in which we all exist.
In many ways “systemic racism” and “structural racism” are synonymous. If there is a difference between the terms […] structural racism analysis pays more attention to the historical, cultural and social psychological aspects of our currently racialized society.
To borrow a buzz word from those who love to use buzz words, that’s a lot to “unpack.” Let’s unpack it.
What are the “public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms” that work to “reinforce” or “perpetuate” “racial group inequity”?
Was George Floyd killed by virtue of Minneapolis Police Department “public policy,” or one or more “institutional practices” of its law enforcement officers?
Or did Floyd die as a result of an overzealous cop kneeling on his neck, after he was accused of attempting to pass a counterfeit bill? As tragic as Floyd’s death was, the facts suggest the latter.
While slavery is indeed a stain on America’s history, which “privileges associated with ‘whiteness'”, or “disadvantages associated with ‘color'” have “endured and adapted over time” that serve as an indictment and conviction of “systemic racism” against white Americans?
To the contrary, from housing, to education, to employment, multiple federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, or ethnicity. Which of these laws are not enforced? Again, facts would suggest that each of them is — if necessarily, by the courts.
As to “systemic racism” being a “feature” of America’s “political systems,” how so? Which of our political parties supports or practices systemic racism? Which party prohibits or makes it harder for black Americans to seek and win political offices? The answer is “neither.”
And how is our society “racialized”? If so, by which political party? Austrian economist Friedrich A. Hayek correctly observed:
“There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. While the first is the condition of a free society, the second means, as De Tocqueville describes it, a new form of servitude.”
A “new form of servitude.” Interesting term. Think about it.
To which political party have black Americans been made to feel indebted for six decades, beginning with Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” and continuing, full steam ahead, ever since? Perhaps the following words from George Bernard Shaw provide the answer:
“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”
Therein lies the quintessential essence of the Democrat Party. Black Americans have been exploited and indoctrinated by the Democrat Party for nearly six decades.
LBJ’s 1964 War on Poverty — the cost of which now stands at nearly $30 trillion and counting — has been an abject failure, but what it has done, is convince an overwhelming majority of blacks that remaining on the liberal plantation protects them from the “evils” of conservatism and the Republican Party.
Create a mindset in which white America is guilty of systemic racism, and only the Democrat Party can save blacks and other people of color from its evil clutches, and there you have it.