Author Charles Blue asked: Is the United States a racist country? He answered without reservation, “Yes,” saying that his statement was not extremism. In his column in the New York Times , he indicated that Lindsay Graham, Senator of South Carolina, added himself to the list of Republicans who denied the existence of systematic racism in this country when he told Fox News Sunday, “Our systems are not racist, and America is not a racist country.”
Graham argued that the country cannot be racist because both former President Barack Obama and Biden Vice President Kamala Harris have been elected, and somehow overcoming racial obstacles proves that there are no racist ones. Read also American writer: Hollywood, for more than a century, has contributed to the consolidation of racism against blacks Racism in America .. Trump orders the deployment of reinforcements after two people were killed in the Kenosha protests New York Times article: the carnage that fueled racism in America The Guardian: The protests could be a turning point in America’s racist policy
And the writer added that it seems that Graham’s view is that exceptions somehow denied the rule, and confirmed his view on the racism of his country, and that deception in this matter is largely a matter of language. The question turns into another, “What is America to you?” Is it the people who now inhabit the earth, separated from its systems and history? Or is the meaning of America comprehensive for those systems and history?
And he made it clear that when people say America is a racist country, they don’t necessarily mean that all or even most Americans are consciously racist. Nevertheless, it is important to remember that about half of the country voted for racist Donald Trump. And they did so either by denying his racism, and by doing so they became defenders of it, or praises of it. He asked: What do you call a country that is its composition?
The writer went on to emphasize his country’s racism that it was historically founded by racists and white fanatics, and that much of this country’s early wealth was built on the backs of enslaved Africans, and a large part of the early expansion came at the expense of massacres of indigenous peoples and breaches of treaties with them.
America continued to fight a civil war over whether some states could maintain slavery at will. Some of the people who argued and fought to end slavery have expressed their beliefs about the supremacy of the white race.
He added that 8 of the top ten presidents personally enslaved the Africans. In 1856, the infamous judge in the ruling in the Dred Scott case wrote that “for more than a century, blacks were seen as low-ranking beings who were completely unfit to be associated with the white race, whether in social or political relations, and they are inferior to now, as it is They had no rights that the white man was obligated to respect. “
What’s more, America continued to fight a civil war over whether some states could maintain slavery at will. Some of the people who argued and fought to end slavery have expressed their beliefs about the supremacy of the white race.
The writer referred to the saying of Abraham Lincoln during his famous debate against Stephen Douglas in 1858 that between whites and blacks “there must be a higher position and a lower position, and I, like any other man, support the higher position of the white man.” Advertising
In his column, he agreed with those who say that America is not the same country that it was, but he added that it is not the country that it claims to be. Because on some level there is a tension between American idealism and realism, between aspiration and the current situation.
He believed that the precise way the statement is formulated is what makes a big difference, which is that American systems, such as criminal justice, education and medical systems, have a pro-white, anti-black bias, and an exceptional percentage of Americans deny or defend this bias.
He cited in that the saying of the American satirical writer Mark Twain, “The difference between an almost correct word and a correct word is really a big issue. It is the difference between lightning and lightning insects.”
The writer concluded his article that saying that America is racist is not an extreme statement, and that if that requires a longer explanation or definition, then so be it, but the truth in the end does not change.