Blacks Have Waited Long Enough
After nearly 40o years of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and 100 years of Jim Crow, and 50 years since the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S., Blacks are still suffering from systematic racism, inequality, and state sanctioned violence. If whites haven’t yet dismantled the oppressive system that continues to persecute Blacks, it’s insane to expect they will be doing it anytime soon.
Speeches of Equality and Anti-racism are Rarely Followed by Real Change
Though the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed segregation in public places and discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin, 50 years later, structural racism still remains.
“There has been a dramatic change in attitudes and in principles,” says Michael Wenger, a senior research fellow at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the nation’s leading think tank on African-American socioeconomics. “Change has been much less dramatic in actual behavior.”
The racial wealth gap kept widening well after the civil rights era, nearly tripling between 1984 and 2009, according to a Brandeis University study.