Precisely because white denial has long trumped claims of racism, people of color tend to underreport their experiences with racial bias rather than exaggerate them.
Only blacks can play the race card, apparently; only they think in racial terms, at least to hear white America tell it.
Mass media over-represents persons of color in negative ways, especially as criminals, relative to the share of crime actually done by such persons.
For people of color – especially African Americans – the idea that racist cops might frame members of their community is no abstract notion, let alone an exercise in irrational conspiracy theorizing. Rather, it speaks to a social reality about which blacks are acutely aware.
If we don’t figure out a way to create equity, real equity, of opportunity and access, to good schools, housing, health care, and decent paying jobs, we’re not going to survive as a productive and healthy society.
Progress is always relative: to the oppressed, it can only be viewed as an all or nothing deal – if oppression continues, even in a modified form, then the system must still be attacked until that injustice is eradicated.
To believe that the United States is post-racial requires an almost incomprehensible inability or unwillingness to stare truth in the face.
When you allow racial disparity and institutional inequity to affect one part of the country, eventually it’s coming back to get everyone.