"We've gotten pretty good at spotting racists in America, and we're okay at punishing them too. But the structures and systems that produce the racists still elude us.
Instead, they embed themselves in our psyche and masquerade as the natural order. It's why incidents like the SAE debacle seem to come out of nowhere and shock us out of our post-racial revery. It's why the police in Ferguson, Missouri, can spend years brutalizing and killing black citizens, but only lose their jobs when we discover the offensive jokes they make over email.
Americans seem largely incapable of recognizing racism in practice, de facto racism, systemic racism. We only see racism when the racists are here to scream about it. This is bad. Until we make a concerted effort to expand our understanding and vocabulary around racial inequality, the racial wages of gerrymandering, wealth preservation, mass incarceration and police violence will continue unabated. So enough patting ourselves on the back for the "progress" we've made — even our perceived racial progressivism is largely overstated. Today, there's real work to be done."
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