Hi, my name is Lance, and this is my music and arts blog, with occasional social commentary.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Does Having a Black President Signal the End of Racism?
The proposition that because we have an African-American president, we no longer have racism, is ridiculous. That might mean at best that the majority of people are not racist. If anything, the presence of a Black man in the White House has given occasion for some ugly if subtle racist attitudes to be expressed. When the unemployment rate is no longer double that for Blacks as it is for whites in some areas, when the prison population is no longer 2/3 people of color, when 39 percent of Black, non-Hispanic children, and 35 percent of Hispanic children are no longer living in poverty, among many other things, than, I might accept that racism is becoming a thing of the past.