Thinking About Subtle Racism: Heard This One?

We are all equal, with equal opportunities and racism does not exist. White Americans statistically fair better in economic status and even in general employment status because they worked hard for it. Therefore the experience of African Americans and other minorities with lower economic status and higher rates of employment must be because they don’t work as hard—even though we are all equal, they do not exert equal effort. And we all have equal opportunities. And racism does not exist.

What is really being said here is that African Americans and other minorities are not created equal, because their drive is weaker and they are lazy—therefore they are not equal– they are inferior to hard working white people. Or  they don’t have equal opportunities. Or racism, by the way of white privilege/preference does still exist. Which is it?

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One thought on “Thinking About Subtle Racism: Heard This One?

  1. Seriously, the more I learn, the less I know. However, it is a pretty clear fact that it’s not WHAT you know, it’s WHO you know that defines your success or failure in the world of business. If people hire individuals they know, and hire others recommended by those that they already know, it’s pretty easy to tell who will be discriminated against. Because birds of a feather often flock together…

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