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    Racism: Is It Really Hard To See

     
    Racism isn’t really that hard to see. If bugs were placed into the cell phones of many Fortune 500 companies owned by White Americans, but headed by Black Vice-Presidents and Presidents we would hear the same sort of conversations that was held by LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his girlfriend. Are those Black executives expected to quit their jobs and relinquish their yearly million-dollar bonuses? No, not any more than we expect Black Clippers NBA players to quit playing basketball. They’re not going to quit, and although NBA 4-time MVP, Lebron James, says, “...If our owner would come out and say the things that he said, I would really have to sit down with my teammates, talk to my family because at the end of the day, our family, and our teammates are way more important than that,” he would not quit the playoffs. What would be to discuss with family and friends? It’s pretty cut and dry. Have we forgotten about Babe Ruth? Sure, come wear the Yankee stripes and make money for the team, but we will not forget that you’re beneath the rest of the team, although we will fight for your acceptance because you’ll help us win games.

    Do we expect block-buster actors not to sign the dotted line because the head of Universal comes out as a racist. Dafina and Urban Books is distributed by Kensington and headed by Steven Zacharius. If black authors signed to that label found that Zacharius was a racist would they terminate their contract or not write another book for them?

    Racism is embedded in some people and that’s not going to change. Know that it goes both ways, as well. There are Black people that have deeply rooted hate for White people. However, that won't prevent them from working for a White owned corporation. In short, racism isn't going anywhere, and when people act shocked by it, I question their truthfulness.

    Racism is actions, practices or beliefs, or social or political systems that consider different races to be ranked as inherently superior or inferior to each other, based on presumed shared inheritable traits, abilities, or qualities. While this concept crosses racial lines, within the Black community racism is alive and provoking class segregation daily. Many call it bullying or some other artsy phobia.

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