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Great News! Racism in the United States Has Ended

Matt Berman in the National Journal reports that the Republican Party believes racism has come to an end:

Some things are best left untweeted. On Sunday morning, the Republican National Committee’s @GOP account tweeted this in commemoration of the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ arrest after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man: “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism.”

That must be a tremendous relief to the children Jonathan Kozol has written about for decades, to non-white homebuyers and renters who are not shown as many options as white customers, to non-whites who face discrimination when they apply for loans, to those who have experienced the American criminal justice system, and to members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes when they seek their legal rights in Ravalli County.

Someone may want to get the memo to the TEA Party, though.

It must come as embarrassing news to Nation writer Mychal Denzel Smith, who wrote just over a week ago that it’s absurd to ask if racism has ended:

It sounds harsh, but I truly believe “Are things better?” is one of the most useless questions in a discussion about racism. It’s another in a repertoire of rhetorical tricks we use in this country to avoid the hard work of addressing racism in its modern form. By reframing the conversation around how much progress has been made, we further the false narrative that racism is a problem that belongs to history. While we pat ourselves on the back for not being as horrible as we once were, we allow racism to become further entrenched in every aspect of American life.

It’s telling that, even as they try to reach out to African-American voters, the GOP can’t help but reveal itself as a party so steeped in the rhetoric and beliefs of angry, reactionary whites who probably not only believe that racism has ended against African Americans, but that it really only exists against whites.

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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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  • Not only has racism not ended for any color, but Bigotry of the poor white and women of any color is also alive and well…. It hasn’t changed in my eyes. only gone underground in this country. This is why it is so important to have a justice system….. Something the GOP seem very intent on replacing, dis-using, or the worst of it is, creating their world with no Justice at all.

    “Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.”
    ~Eleanor Roosevelt~

  • Racism is alive and thriving. Refraining from telling an Indian joke when there’s no Indians around doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. When you oppose food stamps, please don’t wail about how you’re concerned about federal spending unless you sent your social security check to your local food bank. Are these people evil or just stupid?

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