Thread: [Discussion] Where is racism today?
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Old July 11th, 2013, 05:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Scarf View Post
And that, right there, is a great example of how we still have racism in America. Not the (im)moral view of one race being better than another, but the sociological definition of a system that favors one race. In this case, our education and economic systems tend to keep poor people poor and rich people rich. Since historically lots of non-white people have had to start from nothing, especially black people in the days around slavery, it's been mostly white people who have been able to accumulate wealth over generations. And wealth, as you've said, is tied to political power so the politicians make sure the system favors peoples with the moneys.
I can agree with this point. The focus of racism should place more emphasis on the systematic attributes of our government's operations.

Black poverty is the root of all of the disadvantages including increased criminal behavior and less opportunity.

Some programs, such as affirmative action programs don't quite address that, it's more of an afterthought. This is often the advocated discourse of equal rights groups, when really they should be focused less on entitlements and more upon the education system of their geographical location.

Segregation of the educational system, given the prevalent racial clustering in intercity school districts forces families that were poor in the early 1900's to continue to be poor, as there is less opportunity to break that cycle, as most families are constrained by finances to move from the poorer school districts, and more affluent families have branched out further and further away from the intercity schools, thus taking with them more financial resources. In addition, good education requires some form of stable home environment, but often in indigent households there is a lack of stability. For these reasons, we see more often, non-intercity students from indigent backgrounds breaking out of the cycle of poverty and government dependency on basic finances since there exists more funding from their school district given that there exists more variety in student's socioeconomic background in rural areas rather than ones saturated with poverty.

That is why this is such a sensitive area of public policy. When class warfare is coalesced with racial tensions, any sort of dialogue can quickly become volatile to government stability.

So, I reiterate the point, racism is not necessarily a conscience mindset in public policy, even those who are equal rights advocates unintentionally aggravate the situation. More so, racism is mainly an unconscious residual systemic defect that is bolstered by both aisles of political ideology in order to achieve political goals in the United States.
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