Institutionalized Racism in America

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    What is it?

    Is it bad?

    Is it thriving, extinct or somewhere in between?

    If necessary, what can be done about it?

    So many questions, so few answers.

    What say you USMB?
     
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    'Affirmative Action' is the most obvious example. Other examples can be found here
    Yes
    Thriving. To question it is politically incorrect and gets one labeled a racist
    Abolish it.
     
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    JB,

    Could you perhaps expand on that just a little bit?
     
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    Example: We had a thread some time ago about a city willing to risk the lives of everyone in it in order to hire persons who performed less well on the test to become firefighters instead of hiring more qualified persons. The reason? Racial quotas- they needed to hire blacks, not good firefighters.

    Furthermore, AA encourages blacks to rely on their skin to succeed instead of relying on their own efforts and truly striving to better themselves and their condition. It also encourages schools, employers, and blacks to view things through a racial lens. It is racism and it encourages racism. It is counterproductive if one's goal is to end institutionalized racism, enact a meritocracy that is blind to skin colour, and move beyond America's past racial tensions.
     
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    Warning: Discussing this topic may lead to accusations of racism.
     
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    What is institutionalized racism?
     
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    The way you view minorities.
     
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    Affirmative action is the obvious one. And another example would be the Rooney Rule in the NFL. Teams are required to interview at least one non-white person for a vacant head coach position--so it's similar but not the same as affirmative action.

    Rap music is drawn largely along racial lines. Time Warner, Sony, etc have a vested interest in signing artists with street cred. That's what sells. So this excludes about 95% of whites from being visible in the genre, at least at this point in time. Of course Eminem and the Beastie Boys are the glaring exceptions--but they both effectively marketed their unique twists on the "crazy white boy" trope, and built their cred through raw lyrical ability. I actually thought Eminem was a black duo the first time I heard "The Real Slim Shady" on the radio. :lol:
     
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    Try consulting a dictionary
     
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    So no one knows?

    :cool:
     

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