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Examples of systematic racism in America
By K. Lerone Hardy – March 29 2021
The actual power structure, political and otherwise, is an amorphous structure determined to retain power at all costs. The system uses systemic racism to confuse people with complacency, blind acceptance, ignorance, and reprisal fear. The race-based bias has been woven into everyday life and entertained across various mass and social media platforms.
The major issues facing African Americans today are the same as those faced in the past. Some of the major issues include but are certainly not limited to
Black unemployment is consistently around twice as high as white unemployment. Black college graduates are still almost twice as likely to be unemployed than their white college counterparts. Moreover, job applicants with a "White" sounding name are 50% more likely to get a call back than with a "Black" sounding name.
We are facing a moral reckoning. Americans must decide whether this country genuinely wants to be a multiracial democracy or whether we are merely playing around the fringes of our entrenched dilemmas repeatedly and remain racist and unequal.
Lifetimes of legal segregation followed by decades of bigoted housing policies still plague Black American's across almost every aspect of life. This is because where some lives determine everything from how safe they are, what kinds of foods are easily accessible to purchase, the quality of your health care, and the children's education quality.
Health and Wellness
Black people are statistically more likely to live in "food deserts" where fresh and nutritious food is hard to locate. Such behavior renders any nutritional education impractical since, logistically, it is nearly impossible to get to a location that sells healthy food. In addition, this has implications that far exceed food.
Interestingly enough, even though systemic racism fuels police brutality, illegal checks, and mass incarceration, it cannot condone open acts of terrorism.