Sunday, July 19, 2015

Racism: Where Do We Go From Here


Racism: where does the country go from here? Does it still exist?  Has it remained a big problem today?
How does this affect efforts to increase and promote diversity and inclusion in all sectors of the American society? How can the country deal with deep-seated racial sentiments that still rile and disunite people?

Current events have given rise to the idea racism is still far from over: continuing police brutality; violence committed against people of color, and lately, the mass killings in Charleston, SC, which have in fact reignited the burning issue of race. People began talking about it again, despite the discomfort it triggers.

The Washington Post reports about “White People,” MTV's special documentary on race.
Directed by Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former-Washington-Post-reporter-turned-social activist, the TV documentary shows young white people, and others, from across the country discussing race — honestly.
In the ads for the TV special are shown some young white people voicing their thoughts on the issue:
“You say the wrong thing then suddenly you are a racist.”
“I feel like you guys are attacking me now.”
“It feels like I’m being discriminated against.”
 
Just like the Confederate flag: it has become a symbol of division. Many still find themselves attached to it as a symbol of their tradition and heritage, but many others too view it as a symbol of prejudice, of discrimination. The removal of the Confederate flag from the SC statehouse grounds is fueling this division. 

A sea of Confederate flags held by screaming Ku Klux Klan members fluttered in front of the South Carolina Statehouse Saturday, just as a counter rally featuring African flags on the other side of the Capitol wrapped up. The Loyal White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan, based in North Carolina, vowed to protest the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse last week — and made good on that promise. Read more at:

Gov. Nikki Haley earlier in the week urged residents to avoid the KKK rally, adding that doing so would honor the nine people shot and killed at a predominantly black church in Charleston last month. - Read more:

So how do we go from here? Share with us your responses to the questions above.

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