Dear White America,
As you fill my Facebook feed with videos of ice buckets being dumped on your heads, I cannot help but notice your silence (with a few exceptions) regarding the events taking place in Ferguson, Missouri.
While raising money for ALS research is undoubtedly a noble pursuit, there are some slightly more pressing issues confronting our society.
And if we are being honest, most of us white people are pretty uncomfortable talking about race.
Actually, uncomfortable is the wrong word.
A more accurate word is denial.
The shame we feel when we learn of the Atlantic slave trade, chattel slavery, plantation cotton fields, “forty acres and a mule,” lynchings, poll taxes, “separate but equal,” segregation, redlining and endemic discrimination across America’s institutional landscape, is viewed as a morally reprehensible part of our past.
But what we do not understand, including those of us who identify as socially conscious liberal democrats, is that structural racism still exists in ourpresent.… Read the rest