There's a common misconception that only Black folks who live in poor areas suffer at the hands of racism in this country. But the truth is, Black and Brown people who work hard, or who have gone to college, or who are professionals... people who play by the rules.. don't have to deal with racism. This essay explores why that is nonsense and digs into the depth of racism in America and how it affects everyone at every rung of society's economic ladder.
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I recently saw a meme that said, “Only in America do you find a kid wearing $150 tennis shoes, drinking a $5 cup of coffee, typing on his $1,000 iPhone, complaining on social media about racism.”
Ahhhh, the empathy.
The meme follows numerous comments I’ve heard recently in some circles proclaiming that racism is overstated. Exaggerated. That there’s no pervasive racism against Black people in America. Sure, there’s a few whacko white supremacists and a handful of bad cops, they say, but no significant racism from regular mainstream white folk.
It’s not the Black engineers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, autoworkers, electricians…
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