Today, pun intended, I came across an article that purported to answer the question, “What is systemic racism?”
The article, written by a progressive socialist democrat, mentions President Joe Biden, the man that heads the Democrat Party. A political party historically steeped in slavery, racism, segregation, Jim Crow, the KKK, and opposition to civil rights legislation. So before some white liberal female academic ‘splains it to me, I thought I might set forth a few basic observations.
(1) The survival instinct and the processing of sensory information is coded into our DNA. As a matter of survival, we observe differences within our environment. A sudden movement, smell, or encountering someone that looks different, behaves differently, and comes from another location is a threat trigger. Call it tribalism, but individuals have a natural affinity for those who look and behave like themselves – as a threat reduction stratagem.
(2) There is little equality in nature, mostly one finds similarity given the differences of genetics, birthing, rearing, education, peer pressure, and environmental influences. Individuals are stronger, weaker, smarter, with different natural abilities and leadership skills. To attempt to mandate equality of outcome is little more than a communist pipe dream.
(3) For the great majority of individuals, the natural desire is to belong to a specific herd and to secure one’s place in the herd’s hierarchy. Mostly signaled by location, behavior, work roles, and the possession of totemic symbols. And, there will always be those who accord themselves status as “elites,” individuals who consider themselves so knowledgeable and enlightened that they should be in charge and govern us in our own best interests. You are supposed to ignore the fact that a great deal of the elite’s time and attention is consumed in maintaining their position and preventing others from assuming their “elite” status—mostly by sub-dividing individuals into identity classes that ignore the elites while competing among themselves.
(4) The greatest threat to the elites is our inalienable rights, the right to exist unmolested by external authorities and live our lives as we wish. Of course, with the caveat that we do not harm other individuals or damage a societal system that reduces (not increases) transactional friction.
(5) And, then there are those, mainly politicians, academicians, and hucksters, who profit from natural inequality, like a hedge fund based on human capital. Proposing remedies that amount to reverse racism that perpetuates the identity struggles among the classes.
What is systemic racism?
What is systemic racism?
President Joe Biden mentioned "the sting of systemic racism" in his inauguration speech.
Here's what the term means.
Racism describes the marginalization or oppression of individuals because of their race.
[OCS: If one were to believe this statement literally, whites would be included in the group of individuals who are subject to politically-driven systemic racism.]
Systemic racism provides another dimension to that; it describes what happens when cultural institutions and systems reflect that individual racism. As Dr. Crystal Fleming writes in "How To Be Less Stupid About Race": “The major insight about systemic and institutional racism is that there is no such thing as ‘a little bit of racism’ or ‘pockets of racism’ or ‘random incidents of racism’ isolated from the rest of society. Whether you realize it or not, racism is systemic, pervasive and embedded within the core of all of our major institutions.”
[OCS: Has anyone else noticed that progressive socialist democrats dominate the allegedly systemically racist institutions?
"Systemic racism" describes how discriminatory actions show up in the American educational system, the economic system, the health care system, the criminal justice system and more. It's when individual attitudes of prejudice and bigotry are baked into the operations of cultural institutions. And as Fleming writes, “The consequences of systemic racism are vast — from the burgeoning racial wealth gap, political disenfranchisement, mass incarceration and racist immigration policies to microaggressions, racial profiling, racist media imagery and disparities in health, education, employment and housing.”
“Systemic racism is so embedded in our societal interactions that racism has become normalized and rendered nearly invisible. So invisible that people deny its existence and instead cast blame on the individual. This is by design,” Persad said. In other words, systemic racism describes how the racial inequities that we see today — the under-enrollment of minority students in higher education, higher incarceration rates for Black individuals, lower life expectancies for Black mothers, as a few examples — are not the result of individual shortcomings or "personality flaws," but are instead the result of centuries of disenfranchising people of color. <Source>
[OCS: What about the lack of individual responsibility? A community tolerant of out-of-wedlock children with financially irresponsible fathers that force single-mothers into welfare dependence? Higher crime rates that equal higher incarceration rates? Little concern for the thousands of black lives lost to in-community violence? And of course, the Democrat teacher’s unions denying school choice to minorities that keeps them locked in sub-standard schools being taught by sub-standard affirmative action teachers with lifelong tenure after a few years?
Who is the author, Kate Slater?
Kate Slater is a White anti-racist scholar and educator.
[OCS: What the hell is an anti-racist? Few people are for racism. However, truth-be-told, it is just another liberal label to allow someone to label another person as a racist if they disagree with the anti-racist theory being spouted.]
She is currently the Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs at Brandeis University. Previously, she was the Associate Director & Manager of Programs at the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers, a nonprofit that promotes racial equity in the American educational sector.
[What about the lack of diversity between constitutional conservatives who believe in constitutional rights for all and academic freedom – as opposed to a majority of progressives who deny both academic freedom and free speech.]
She is also a lecturer at the University of New Hampshire for the course Teaching Race, which explores the history of race and racism in America. Her doctoral research centers the experiences of underrepresented minorities students in higher education, and in particular, at predominantly White institutions.
She also investigates White racial identity formation and how racism operates individually, organizationally, and systemically.
She leads facilitations, trainings, and affinity groups with K-12 institutions and universities, as well as with numerous private organizations. <Source>
I would opine that Kate Slater has a vested interest in viewing everything through a racial lens that starts with America is a terrible place because it is systemically racist – requiring her enlightened assistance to point out our flaws and prescribe remedies. And the answer is simple: systemic racism is plain old racism promoted by the elites for their own advantage.
Another look by another “expert” …
Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America (Pre- Release: Hardcover – June 15, 2021)
The charges of white privilege and systemic racism that are tearing the country apart float free of reality. Two known facts, long since documented beyond reasonable doubt, need to be brought into the open and incorporated into the way we think about public policy: American whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians have different violent crime rates and different means and distributions of cognitive ability. The allegations of racism in policing, college admissions, segregation in housing, and hiring and promotions in the workplace ignore the ways in which the problems that prompt the allegations of systemic racism are driven by these two realities.
What good can come of bringing them into the open? America’s most precious ideal is what used to be known as the American Creed: People are not to be judged by where they came from, what social class they come from, or by race, color, or creed. They must be judged as individuals. The prevailing Progressive ideology repudiates that ideal, demanding instead that the state should judge people by their race, social origins, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. <Source>
Charles Murray is a political scientist, author, and libertarian. He first came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of "Losing Ground," which has been credited as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. His 1994 New York Times bestseller, "The Bell Curve" (Free Press, 1994), coauthored with the late Richard J. Herrnstein, sparked heated controversy for its analysis of the role of IQ in shaping America's class structure. <Source>
I predict it will only be a matter of time until Charles Murray is attacked, labeled as a racist, and efforts to cancel him proliferate in the Twitterverse. Even then, his book and his thoughts will continue to preoccupy the progressive, socialist democrats.
Begone, all of you. Especially the race-baiters who manipulate and exploit race to advance their self-serving personal and/or professional agenda, attract media attention, and pocket some serious money. Some exploiting stories of unresolved traumas and insecurities that condition their thinking and allegedly motivate their actions.
Do you want to see what I regard as true systemic racism? Look no farther than your local government that mandates the number of minority first responders must mirror that minority’s representation in the general population. Giving hiring preference and promotional opportunities to minorities, some of whom have lesser qualifications and experience. This proves a point: you don’t give a damn about who saves your life – you want the most qualified and most experienced person available. Similar to the military, when a fellow soldier has to drag a two-hundred-pound individual with one-hundred-pounds of “battle rattle” to safety – you do not want your life compromised by a lesser-abled individual who allows your superiors to check the race or sex box.
If you want to know what’s screwed up about our country, consider those Twits who took to Twitter to declare that Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady, a superbly qualified white quarterback, must be racist because he won the Super Bowl in Black History Month.
Effin crazy. We are so screwed.