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In 2015 racism is a secret that is kept quiet in America

Roger Caldwell

Roger Caldwell

In 2015 racism is a secret that is kept quiet in America

By Roger Caldwell

As the summer heats up in America, the reality of racism must be discussed and acknowledged as a problem in the country. With the death and killing of Black men and women, race can no longer be ignored as a problem that has been fixed or disappeared during the Obama presidency. Racism is systemic and fundamental to the history of the United States, and the treatment of Blacks and people of color has not fundamentally changed in 2015. White supremacy makes the rules, and everyone is expected to follow.

Recent events with the police killing of Black men such as Freddie Gray and Mike Brown confirm that the master-slave relationship exists in Black communities around the country. The police act as overseers, which was the central focus of control during slavery. This mind set is pervasive in every urban police department in the country, and their job is to protect the means of production.

America was founded on the chattel enslavement of Blacks for hundreds of years, and now people in power want the subject of racism to just disappear. White folks want this horrific chapter in the social construct of the country to be a secret that no one talks about or discusses. But the shooting and murder of young Black men is demonstrating that the criminal justice system collaborates with the police force to maintain violence against Blacks, the poor, and people of color.

As young Blacks all around the country protest for justice, people in power asks the question “What do they want?” When First Lady, Michelle Obama speaks at a commencement address and tells the truth with her experiences of racism as the first family, she is considered bitter and angry.

“And I know that these little indignities are obviously nothing compared to what folks across the country are dealing with every single day – those nagging worries that you’re going to get stopped or pulled over for absolutely no reason; the fear that your job application will be overlooked because of the way your name sounds; the agony of sending your kids to schools that may no longer be separate, but are far from equal; the realization that no matter how far you rise in life, how hard you work to be a good person, a good parent, a good citizen – for some folks, it will never be enough,” says First Lady Michelle Obama.

Mrs. Obama is not saying that Blacks cannot succeed, and many are achieving great things, but racism is embedded in the system, and everyone must work for a comprehensive and fundamental change. When Cpl. Eric Casebolt, an officer in the McKinney Texas Police Department pulls out his gun on a group of African American youth, and restrains a 15-year-old young lady by pushing her face into the ground, there is something wrong with the system.

Everyone who is Black in America knows that they are treated differently because of the color of their skin. Racism is a reality of living in this country, and it is not going to change as a result of a Black President, Black mayors or Black school superintendents. It was designed to control the majority of a race of people, and it still operates with the same goal today.

America has never been the home of the free and brave to African Americans in this country. Blacks have always been considered second class citizens, and white folks receive the privileges. Race has a deep, dark history, and no one wants to talk about the inhumane treatment of the Black race. The expectation in 2015 is racism is a secret, and everyone is supposed to believe that chapter of American history is closed, and it is time for Blacks to get over it.

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