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Is America racist? Is it — as President Barack Obama said — “part of our DNA”? Author and talk-show host Larry Elder examines America’s legacy of racism, whether it’s one we can ever escape, and in the process offers a different way of looking at things like Ferguson, crime, police and racial profiling. Donate today to PragerU: http://l.prageru.com/2eB2p0h

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The African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955–1968) refers to the social movements in the United States aimed at outlawing racial discrimination against black Americans and restoring voting rights to them. This article covers the phase of the movement between 1955 and 1968, particularly in the South. The emergence of the Black Power Movement, which lasted roughly from 1966 to 1975, enlarged the aims of the Civil Rights Movement to include racial dignity, economic and political self-sufficiency, and freedom from oppression by white Americans.

The movement was characterized by major campaigns of civil resistance. Between 1955 and 1968, acts of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience produced crisis situations between activists and government authorities. Federal, state, and local governments, businesses, and communities often had to respond immediately to these situations that highlighted the inequities faced by African Americans. Forms of protest and/or civil disobedience included boycotts such as the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955–1956) in Alabama; “sit-ins” such as the influential Greensboro sit-ins (1960) in North Carolina; marches, such as the Selma to Montgomery marches (1965) in Alabama; and a wide range of other nonviolent activities.

Noted legislative achievements during this phase of the Civil Rights Movement were passage of Civil Rights Act of 1964, that banned discrimination based on “race, color, religion, or national origin” in employment practices and public accommodations; the Voting Rights Act of 1965, that restored and protected voting rights; the Immigration and Nationality Services Act of 1965, that dramatically opened entry to the U.S. to immigrants other than traditional European groups; and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, that banned discrimination in the sale or rental of housing. African Americans re-entered politics in the South, and across the country young people were inspired to action.

Desegregation busing in the United States (also known as forced busing or simply busing) is the practice of assigning and transporting students to schools in such a manner as to redress prior racial segregation of schools, or to overcome the effects of residential segregation on local school demographics.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desegregation_busing_in_the_United_States
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Will you join with me in a quest to recall racism? Racism is overdue and does not belong in our civilized world. It will take more than a strong resolve to tackle racism. Racism is caused by some and experienced by others. Racism in any shape or form is an unconscionable, inhumane and disgusting way of living your life especially in the global village that is hurting so bad. This economic crisis has underlined the fact that we are all in this together. We are all hurting as a result of the greed of some. We all need to be engulfed by an epidemic of hope, support and camaraderie.

In any nation where racism is thriving, we are all losers whether we are the exploiter-losers or the exploited-losers. In the short term, racism may look like a good thing but in the long run we lose. You cannot reach the goal of a non-racial society if you leave racism, unchecked. You cannot be a coward if you want to tackle racism, head-on. Racism has to be confronted, personally. Racism has to be recalled, by you! Even your de facto majority is not a license to be racist.

Racism refers to certain “superior” attitudes and actions of some people that in some way disadvantage other people on the basis of their deemed to be “inferior” race. This negative value judgment is both morally wrong and indefensible because of its intentions and its consequences. You may have grown up with racism. Racism may have been entrenched by the attitude of your parents, your synagogue, your church, your mosque or your school, your college or your primary system. So much so that racism “happens” subconsciously. You are responsible for your racism.

We need to revisit the way individuals interact with others. Just take a look at the courtesies we bestow, one upon the other. We need to just observe how downright rude we can be to one another especially in public spaces. I have often come away from these observations with the conviction that I could see nothing else at play but racism. When someone literally pushes you out of sequence in a line at a ticket booth or at the grocery store it is appalling, and even more so if that person is from another race. I have had many encounters with racists. One that stands out is what happened on a flight between Charlotte and Phoenix. The gentleman (of another race) took the magazine and placed it between my shoulder and his shoulder and he actually requested that I should not touch him. Wow! Racial categories appear biological but have an impact on social interactions and sanctions. Racial categories in the United States often appear mutually exclusive but may in fact be overlapping. Right now you can be African-American, Native-American, and Caribbean-American.

We need to look at racism in the institutions of our society. The quality of the interactions between people is a good barometer of the racism inherent in society. If you have an organization whose management consists only one race and the workers are comprised of all the other races then something is amiss. Why are minorities not allowed in the power sharing and management of the institution and or organization? We need to look at promotions and career ladders because often racism is the glass ceiling that prevents people from upward mobility. We need to look at the social and institutional structures that disadvantage groups by denying them access because of their race.

We need to look at institutionalized racism or racism that is so entrenched in the way society operates that it becomes normative. Racism has a long history and as such has seemingly benefited some while definitely denying opportunities to others.

No legislation or act of congress can undo what has been done and approved by governments and institutions under the banner of racism. No-one can erase the pain suffered as a result of racism.

We need to do something more than agree that racism is wrong. We need to engage in exploratory dialogues about race. Definitely, a national truth and reconciliation exercise can lead the nation to understanding and forgiveness en route to reconciliation and national rebuilding efforts.

We need to resolve to not allow people to make racist jokes or remarks in our presence. If there is not an ear to listen; there will not be a tongue to whisper. We need to be aware of our own racism, prejudice and stereotyping. We need to unlearn old habitual ways of interacting with other races and if needs be seek counseling to learn new ways of interaction. Do something about the recall of racism, now.

After all is said and done, more is said than done. God forbid.

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ANTI-RACIST ACTIVISTS TO FOLLOW

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Crow-Incarceration-Colorblindness/dp/1595586431

Deray Mckesson, twitter activist #BlackLivesMatter
https://twitter.com/deray
http://thisisthemovement.launchrock.com/

Johnetta Elzia, twitter activist #BlackLivesMatter
https://twitter.com/nettaaaaaaaa
http://thisisthemovement.launchrock.com/

Shaun King, blogger
https://twitter.com/shaunking

Feminista Jones, blogger
https://twitter.com/feministajones

Elon James White, This Week In Blackness #TWIB
https://twitter.com/elonjames
http://thisweekinblackness.com/

Franchesca Ramsey, YouTube activist
https://youtube.com/chescaleigh
Shit white girls say to black girls:

Sometimes you’re a caterpillar:

Akilah Hughes, YouTube activist
https://youtube.com/smoothiefreak
Meet your first black girlfriend:

On intersectionality, feminism, and pizza:

Tim Wise, white anti-racist activist
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tim-Wise/140254320968

REFERENCED, SOURCES, AND FURTHER READING

WEALTH & HOUSING

Housing discrimination report
http://www.huduser.org/portal/publications/fairhsg/hsg_discrimination_2012.html

The racist housing policy that made your neighborhood
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/05/the-racist-housing-policy-that-made-your-neighborhood/371439/

A battle for fair housing is raging but mostly forgotten
http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/12/01/248039354/a-battle-for-fair-housing-still-raging-but-mostly-forgotten

Race & income inequality
http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/washingtons-silence-the-racial-wealth-gap

Racial disparities in lending
https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/issues/2009/09/pdf/tarp_report.pdf

EDUCATION

Data snapshot: school discipline
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/crdc-discipline-snapshot.pdf

Status and trends in black education
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2003034

EMPLOYMENT

Racial bias in hiring
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/capideas/spring03/racialbias.html

Whiter jobs, higher wages – EPI Report
http://www.epi.org/publication/whiter_jobs_higher_wages/

MASS INCARCERATION

Racial trends
http://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie.html

Is prison the new Jim Crow?
http://www.uua.org/multiculturalism/ga/200393.shtml

International prison population trends
http://www.prisonstudies.org/highest-to-lowest/prison-population-total?area=all&category=wb_poprate

US has largest prison population in the world
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/09/17/3568232/the-united-states-had-even-more-prisoners-in-2013/

Racism in the prison industrial complex
http://www.colorlines.com/articles/masked-racism-reflections-prison-industrial-complex

Criminal justice fact sheet
http://www.naacp.org/pages/criminal-justice-fact-sheet

RACIAL PROFILING

Race & the drug war (coke vs cocaine info)
http://www.drugpolicy.org/race-and-drug-war

Show me your papers
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2012/09/19/show-me-your-papers-law-takes-effect-arizona

Blacks suffer under stop & frisk – man stopped 258 times
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/05/where-blacks-suffer-under-stop-and-frisk-on-steroids/371869/

Disproportionate minority contact – Report
http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/jj_Disproportionate%20Minority%20Contact.pdf

Racial gaps in arrests – a staggering disparity
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/11/18/ferguson-black-arrest-rates/19043207/

POLICE BRUTALITY

Police militarization
https://www.aclu.org/issues/criminal-law-reform/reforming-police-practices/police-militarization

Police brutality statistics
http://graphs.net/police-brutality-statistics.html

Twice a week white officers shoot black suspects
http://mic.com/articles/96452/one-troubling-statistic-shows-just-how-racist-america-s-police-brutality-problem-is

SUMMARY
In this video, Laci Green talks about the nature of racism in 2015. She begins by challenging commonly held ideas about what racism is. She highlights how racist attitudes have created a racist system…which have created more racist attitudes. In order to stop the cycle, she illustrates 6 common ways that racism is institutionalized. Wealth disparities and housing, education, employment, mass incarceration, racial profiling, and police brutality are all touched upon. She ends by calling white America to stop making excuses that enable the past to continue and instead acknowledge the injustice right in front of us.
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