There are many delusional white people such as Eric Bolling and Sandy Rios who live on Fantasy Island. They actually believe that white racism no longer exists in America. Whenever a black person or organization speaks out against racism, many ignorant white people call the black messengers racist. It is far easier to condemn the messenger than it is the address the problem of racism. Check out the video and sound clip below.
This nation was founded on racism. It was founded on the genocide of the native people. It was built on the backs of enslaved Africans. Obviously, institutional racism and individual racism remain a part of the fabric of America. Racism did not die. It evolved and adapted to a new environment. Instead of using the N word, the new racism uses code words such as thug, gangster, ghetto, welfare queens, food stamp president and free stuff.
The old Jim Crow has been replaced with the New Jim Crow. Under what Michelle Alexander calls the New Jim Crow, drug laws are selectively enforced and low income African American urban communities are unfairly targeted by law enforcement. Consequently, the black community is subjected to mass incarceration. When our brothers and sisters are finally released from prison, they are subjected to legalized discrimination in employment, housing, public assistance and other areas.
Institutional racism is manifested in other ways as well. Racial disparities continue to exist in criminal justice, economics, education and health. For example, as noted in Tavis Smiley's The Covenant, he cites the following criminal justice stats:
Of the 2.1 million inmates today, 910,000 are African American. Blacks 43.9 percent of the state and federal prison population but only 12.6 percent of the U.S. population...
African Americans constitute 13 percent of all monthly drug users, but they represent 35 percent of arrests for drug possession, 55 percent of convictions, and 74 percent of prison sentences.
The economic disparities between blacks and whites are just as stark. The Covenant states that:
The unemployment rate for blacks people is twice that for whites.
African Americans have a median net worth of $5,998, compared to $88,651 for whites. Even more alarming, 32 percent of African Americans have a zero or negative net worth.
Although African Americans are more than 13 percent of the nation's population, their total net worth is only 1.2 percent of the total net worth of the nation. This number has not changed since the end of the Civil War in 1865.
In addition to economic disparities, education disparities exist. The Covenant states that:
Of black 16 to 24 year olds, 13 percent have not earned a high school diploma or GED; 7 percent of white young people are without a high school credential.
According to the most recent statistics, the nationwide college graduation rate for enrolled black students is only 40 percent, compared to 61 percent of enrolled white students.
Moreover, health care disparities continue to exist. The Covenant cites the following health care disparities:
Black infants are nearly two-and-one-half times more likely than white infants to die before their first birthday.
More than one out of every three black people are plagued by hypertension; this is the highest rate in the world.
Black women are close to 80 percent more likely to die of a stroke than white women, and 30 percent more likely to die of a heart attack.
African Americans are 13 percent of the nation's population and account for 56 percent annually of new HIV infections. A quarter of these new infections are among people under 25 years of age.
Not only is institutional racism still with us, individual racism clearly continues to exist. The killings of Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride and Jonathan Ferrell are reminders of that harsh reality. Another reminder is the indictment of Conrad Alvin Barrett. Mr. Barrett, who is white, brutally attacked an elderly black man. The Examiner reported that:
A grand jury in Houston has just returned a federal indictment against Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, charging him with one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Special Agent in Charge Stephen L. Morris of the FBI.I could provide countless other examples of modern day racism, but I won't. Instead, I will end with this story about the new face of white supremacy. Wake up.
According to the allegations, Barrett recorded himself on his cell phone attacking the man and showed the video to others. The indictment alleges Barrett made several recordings from his cell phone, one in which he identifies himself and another in which he makes a racial slur.
In one recording, Barrett claimed he would not hit “defenseless people” just moments before punching the elderly man in the face, according to court records. Barrett allegedly hit the man with such force that the man immediately fell to the ground. Barrett then laughed and said “knockout,” as he ran to his vehicle and fled, according to allegations. The victim suffered two jaw fractures and was hospitalized for several days as a result of the attack.