Many of us white people can think that racism is a thing of the past. Something we encounter in a grainy black and white photo in dusty museum.
But racism is alive and well in the United States.
“But we’ve made so much progress!” you say. Sure, there was a Civil Rights movement. Blacks aren’t lynched in cities across the county. There are voting rights and integrated schools. The President is a black man, for crying out loud!
While advances have been made, and overt bigotry is frowned upon in polite society, there are forces at work that continue to put African Americans at a real disadvantage and foster untold suffering. There are systemic injustices. But they are invisible to most whites because they do not affect us. And many of us to not interact with blacks in meaningful ways to where we can hear of their suffering or feel the weight of their burdens.
The video above does a good job of providing a primer on the state of black American today, and illuminates some of the covert influences that stack the deck against people of color. While I don’t subscribe to many of the positions this YouTube blogger espouses in her other videos (Don’t be frightened off by the “Sex+” title that starts the presentation), I appreciate her direct and effective way of communicating about this topic.