[Archive] This is American Racism 

It’s only been 52 years since Jim Crow intimidation was made illegal with the Voter’s Rights Act.

I got tired of reading the “This isn’t America” posts on Twitter. In fact, by the Saturday evening, I wanted to throw my computer across the room. We had just witnessed horrible acts of White Supremacist domestic terrorism, yet some people were acting as if racism dropped out the sky Friday morning.
Then I remembered that it still comes down to Black and White. Yes, the White Supremacists targeted Jewish people during their crazy rants and Nazi flags. However, their key goal was holding onto statues from a lost war. They are trying to hold onto the Confederate Dream. As a Virginian once said to me, “We didn’t lose the war. It just stopped.”

Racism won’t disappear 52 years after 350+ years of oppression because it’s easier for people who aren’t affected.

Well, that was stopped, and Jim Crow took its place. So, from 1865 to 1966, our American government supported legal segregation (Separate But Equal) and turned a blind eye to lynchings and voter intimidation. Now, this is for the people who were surprised by Charlottesville: It’s only been 52 years since Jim Crow intimidation was made illegal with the Voter’s Rights Act. I’m 49 years old if that gives you a little more perspective.

Racism has been in America since the first Africans were brought to our shores. It has been in America since the first Native Americans were killed for their land. This illness won’t disappear 52 years after 350+ years of oppression because it’s easier for people who aren’t affected. Truth is every American citizen is affected by racism eventually.

Until you realize that, we will never repair the cracks in our democracy. T.Lanette Pollard

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