The pen is a powerful thing; however, it will take more than the pen to break the back of Institutional (systemic) Racism in this country. It will take political, economic, and legal empowerment of minorities to break its back.
At every level of government, but expecially at the local and state levels across this country, minorities are facing Institutional/Systemic Racism.
Michelle Alexander talks about it, Shirley Sherrod talked about it; and it's the reason why there is an NAACP, an Urban League, and advocacy groups.
We are seeing enormous push back to maintain the status quo (a lack of diversity). There are mayors and governors who resist ethnic diversity and fairness. There are legal (justice) departments (city, state, federal), that resist racial/ethnic diversity and fairness and will do everything they can to prevent minorities access to political, economic and legal empowerment.
From time to time we're going to focus on Institutional Racism, it's history, ... and solutions in overcoming that kind of racism; and we're especially going to talk about organizations that resist racial/ethnic diversity and are the most heinous and dangerous, and therefore have made it extremely difficult to root out systemic racism.
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