As a critical social scientist (one who works to overturn false social and political beliefs), I submit the following statements for consideration. Critical science research theory seeks to assess society and culture to encourage change, enlighten understanding and for emancipation.
Why does racism persist in every single sector of society? Listen carefully. Racism occurs one person at a time. Each time a white person encounters a person of color, a decision is made about how the minority individual should be treated. Each time a person of color is wrongly charged, convicted, beaten, steered to all black neighborhoods for real estate, overcharged for mortgage loans, auto loans, overcharged for any purchases, etc., this is racism, taking place, one person at a time, in every institution. Sunday is the most segregated day of the week. Cities are hyper segregated by race, perpetuated by racist realtors. Individuals who appear white (Asians, etc.) are treated better than people of color.
There is a very, serious, and deeply rooted problem. Racism is a learned attitude.
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What are some possible solutions? Number one, there is a God, The King of kings, who sits high and looks low and nothing occurs without his knowledge. The Black man must acknowledge and serve The Living God! Racism is a symptom of the real problem - the d.e.v.i.l!
We must all repent. We must all ask God is help us, to make us aware of what lies deep inside our hearts. We must each examine ourselves.
And, there is no such thing as a black racist! The term racist is indicative of one who has power to wield against others. Black folks have very little real power. What grocery chains do we own? How many of us are judges, police officers, teachers, probation officers? How many black are college and university professors? Medical Doctors? How can one possess power without owning anything substantive?
Love is the answer to everything. Love is God. No one will make it to heaven if they are racist in their heart. God loves all His creation. We have made laws to prevent the legal hanging of black folks in public daylight gatherings, but in the minds of whites, it is still acceptable to kill black people for no reason, other than the color of their skin. God is not pleased.
My personal experience as a black woman includes: I have never met a white person, even those proclaiming to be Christians, that at some point they did not remind me that I am black and therefore I should not expect to be treated with dignity and respect. I totally understand why some people are reluctant to attend church, follow Jesus, read the Holy Bible. I am a devoutly committed Christian, but lately, I find it difficult to watch Christian television where white people praise God vehemently and leave the church and discriminate, disrespect, hurt, etc., blacks. These are the same people who attended public lynching with picnic baskets! “Let’s all go to the hanging at Lake Ann…we’ll take our food with us.”
Racism in higher education: Describing my first day in graduate school, I was the only black student in the classroom. The professor stood in front of me saying, "What are you doing here? Forty years ago, it was believed the only thing a black woman would ever be was a maid!" Startled by my silence and the stares and silence of everyone in the room, the professor then turned his back toward me saying, "I guess things have changed!" He would later tell me individually, after class, "You'd better be glad you aren't in Africa!"
After earning a graduate degree, I applied for a teaching position at Kent State University, where a department chairman told me, "I'm a white man, I can "f" up, you can't!" He then went on to suggest that if I were to have some sort of relationship with him, he "could create a position for me."
The only hope is the Living God. Only God can change the heart of man. The heart is desperately wicked.
To ensure equality and fairness, focus should be on finding ways to prevent crime. System bias and institutional racism influence decisions at each point. Persons in power must make decisions quickly and they make decisions based on their individual view of people of color.
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