I read this article today and it raised some very real points for me.
In it, “Civil Rights Justice on the Cheap,” Diane McWhorter queries:
“Why is it so difficult to extend the notion of empowerment to include the powerless? We are more comfortable devoting civic resources to media events and monuments…than addressing the persistent casualties of the history being commemorated. How do we calculate what [people] are owed today?”
I respond that at the very least, we must start with honest discussion about the continuing and very real endemic of racism in America. Only by understanding its persistence, can we begin to labor responsively in order to undo the systemic ignorant racism permeating America.
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