I thought this piece, on Daily Kos yesterday, was awesome:
There are people who believe that racism is as American as apple pie.
I’m one of them.
There are others who live in the delusion that we are approaching, or living in a “post-racial” society.
I beg to differ.
It should be patently clear to anyone who just went through the trauma of one of the most racially vituperative presidential elections in recent history that racism hasn’t magically dissolved into the ether. Doubtful it will get better in the next four years if the millions of racists in this country have anything to say about it.
It really isn’t about racist politicians. They are only a symptom of the disease. They got elected by the racists who voted for them. Those same racists will be voting in the next election.
We have a black president for the second time. That has done little to diminish the outpouring of racial hatred here, and in some ways it has only inflamed it.
This is no time to do a victory dance where racism is concerned. It is however, time to ask a serious question.
What are you doing to stop racism?
Since a majority of people in the U.S. think of themselves as “white,” I’ll address this question to those who are part of that socially constructed group.
According to the 2010 census there are 196,817,552 (63.7%) of people in the U.S. who are classified as “white people.” They are not Latinos or African American, Asian or Native American.
But let me narrow it down quite a bit more.
When I look at a headline like this: “Eighty-Eight Percent of Romney Voters Were White,” I’m not talking to those whites. This is addressed to the 56 percent of whites who voted for President Obama.
To narrow it even further, this is really a plea to those white people who consider themselves to be progressive. I have no idea what percentage of that 56 percent think of themselves in those terms.
But if you are one of them, this is written to you. You have to become part of an anti-racism vanguard.
Blacks, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans didn’t make this a racist country. Not one of these groups has the power to maintain systemic racial inequality. Before you can overturn 400 years of racism built into the foundations of this nation, you have to first change those who keep the system in place.
Read more of this thought-provoking piece here.