When addressing students at the University of Chicago Law School, Barack Obama said that America’s voting system is “rooted in racism” and that it admonishes some Americans from voting. So he believes that we should reduce the polarization in politics to help improve things.
Then, he dropped a bombshell and pointed out how “white folks” are the problem:
“We really are the only advanced democracy on earth that systematically and purposefully makes it really hard for people to vote,” Obama said Thursday when speaking at the University of Chicago School of Law. “There is no other country on earth that does that. There is a legacy to that that grows directly out of a history in which first propertied men, then white men, then white folks didn’t want women, minorities, to participate in the political process and be able to empower themselves in that fashion. That’s the history. We should be a society in which at this point we should say, yeah, that history is not so good.”
Barack Obama isn’t the only one who believes this:
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, a Duke University professor gave a lecture at Dartmouth College in which he lambasted the idea that America has entered a post-racial society, or made any progress on racial issues whatsoever.
“This ideology is suave but deadly.”
Phrases used by white people such as ‘I have black friends,’ are clear indications of covert racism, he said.
The lecture was titled “The Color of Color-Blindness: Whites’ Race Talk in ‘Post-Racial’ America.” Dartmouth’s website described the lecture as an attempt to demonstrate that white people have been naive about the continued existence of racism since long before President Obama’s election.
Other people would say that white Americans didn’t invent racism, but have done more to end it than anywhere else on the globe – including Africa, where black slavery continues en masse to this day.
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