Will it Ultimately Destroy us?
Racism has been a part of the fabric of white America for over a century before the Declaration of Independence stated that “all men are created equal”. What the document failed to say is that the “equal” meant not what it should mean. The white men writing the declaration meant that only white men were created equal (and even that was a lie).
White America made the unspoken declaration that racism was acceptable, so much so that racism became deeply intrinsic to the nation. Decade after decade over the past 244 years it has been a large part of White Americans behavior. Regardless of where on the timeline of America we look, we can find plenty of racist behaviors, both societal and institutionally.
Racism, for this article, is defined at dictionary.com as:
- a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.
- a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
- hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.