The Debate Over Systemic Racism: Why It Divides and Why It Provides Hope
July 27, 2020
The following article appeared in today's WSJ. I found the discussion of Representative Bass' example of systemic racism, and the subsequent discussion by the author, to be informative. I am still wrestling with the phrase "systemic racism." It seems that those two words cause a visceral reaction in many of us and immediately creates a barrier to constructive conversation. I am convince that to some degree that barrier is created because we each have different assumptions and understandings of what we are talking about. I appreciate that this article provides a concrete example of what the author defines as systemic racism.
The article I posted on dignity keeps bouncing around in my head. I can be simplistic at times, but it seems to me that if we brought dignity, humility and curiosity to our discussions about topics such as this one, we could end up understanding each other better and potentially find common ground. I can always hope.
Here's the article: