NAWWA and Systemic Racism
NAWWA | Aug 10 2020
When the Founder of NAWWA ("Founder") was writing the Article titled NAWWA and the Protests Are Not About Black Lives he thought there must be something else to the nationwide unrest and, more specifically, to the Black Lives Matter "movement" name that wasn't being reported. This is because the Founder noticed the protests were being carried out in a more aggressive manner and were focused on other racial issues rather than on just the racism associated with police brutality which is what the simple Black Lives Matter name was originally about.
Based upon the aggressiveness of the protests with their emphasis on changing or eliminating everything related to slavery and the Confederacy, one might think the Black Lives Matter "movement" name was using "revenge" as the reason for changing things to suit the preferences of the Blacks. If so, could the revenge be part of a conspiracy theory associated with the protests? Therefore, the Founder conducted a thorough search on the Internet about the Black Lives Matter "movement" name and found there was undeniable proof that a conspiracy theory was indeed in effect to change America into a far-left socialist society. All of his findings are presented in the Article titled NAWWA and the Black Lives Matter Movement.
In regards to the protests being more focused on "other" racial issues, one might also think the Black Lives Matter "movement" name was using certain racial issues as another reason for changing things to suit the preferences of the Blacks. This is because the news reports were continually using the words "systemic racism" to describe the type of racism that was being referred to in the protests. Based upon how some statements were being made, it appeared the Black Lives Matter "movement" name was linking the whites to systemic racism against the Blacks. Therefore, this Article is dedicated to determining if the Black Lives Matter movement is linking the whites to the systemic racism and is such racism part of the conspiracy theory mentioned above?
Black Lives Matter is hereinafter referred to "BLM".
Some information in this Article was obtained from websites with material relevant to the subject matter. Thus, references to the web addresses are included with the information to provide the readers with convenient access to the websites. If additional information is needed, the readers are encouraged to access the same websites or any other source of information available to them.
As stated in NAWWA and the Protests Are Not About Black Lives, the readers need to keep in mind that the Founder is not a psychologist or sociologist or political scientist or any other kind of professional who is well-versed in these matters. But, because the Founder recognizes that something is wrong about the protests, he wants to find out what it is and report it accordingly.
After performing an online search, the Founder learned that "systemic racism" is defined in several different ways with its meaning ranging from somewhat of a personal perspective to a more explicit political or economical viewpoint. Examples of two such definitions are presented below.
From an article titled "What is systemic racism? Here's what it means and how you can help dismantle it" [ref: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/15/systemic-racism-what-does-mean/5343549002/], NAACP President Derrick Johnson briefly defined systemic racism as:
"... systemic racism, also called structural racism or institutional racism, as 'systems and structures that have procedures or processes that disadvantages African Americans'."
Then, from an article titled "Definition of Systemic Racism in Sociology" [ref: https://www.thoughtco.com/systemic-racism-3026565], sociologist Joe Feagin defined systemic racism as:
"Systemic racism includes the complex array of antiblack practices, the unjustly gained political-economic power of whites, the continuing economic and other resource inequalities along racial lines, and the white racist ideologies and attitudes created to maintain and rationalize white privilege and power. Systemic here means that the core racist realities are manifested in each of society s major parts [...] each major part of U.S. society - the economy, politics, education, religion, the family - reflects the fundamental reality of systemic racism."
From the above definitions it can be seen that the terms for systemic racism take into account procedures or processes which can disadvantage or discriminate against Blacks. The procedures or processes refer to laws, rules, and similar controls. And, apparently the same laws, rules, and controls are used to disadvantage or discriminate against the Blacks. Both of these elements are generally included in other definitions of systemic racism. It was also noticed that the terms are specifically protective of the Blacks even though they can be used to protect other non-white races. But, what does the word "systemic" mean?
The Founder could not find a report on how the term "systemic racism" was formally derived. However, from an article titled "What are structural, institutional and systemic racism?" [ref: https://abc7news.com/systemic-racism-definition-structural-institutionalized-what-is/6292530/], he found a short explanation about systemic racism which is as follows:
"Since America was colonized, it has been white people who have made the rules, first with slavery, then Jim Crow Laws and Separate but Equal rules, and even creating limits on who can immigrate into the country."
Based upon the above explanation, it can be realized that America's founding fathers made all of the early laws and rules since they were the controlling authorities. This is understandable since they were the first to permanently settle in America. The laws and rules were essential for their work in creating a political system for governing the colonies. It is also understood that all of the founding fathers were white and some of them owned slaves. Therefore, systemic racism and discrimination against the other types of activities which we have today such as LGBTQ activism, feminism movements, student and worker rights, etc, were not issues that the founding fathers had to resolve.
In addition, from an article in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, titled "Institutional racism" [ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institutional_racism], it was found that the term "institutional racism" was first coined in 1967 by Stokely Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton in Black Power: The Politics of Liberation. Carmichael and Hamilton wrote that while individual racism is often identifiable because of its overt nature, institutional racism is less perceptible because of its "less overt, far more subtle" nature. Institutional racism "originates in the operation of established and respected forces in the society, and thus receives far less public condemnation than [individual racism]."
It was also interesting to learn that Stokely Carmichael eventually developed the Black Power movement, later serving as the "Honorary Prime Minister" of the Black Panther Party (BPP), and lastly as a leader of the All-African People's Revolutionary Party (A-APRP). All of these organizations consisted of social and revolutionary political movements formed in the later part of the 1960 era with agendas that resembled the Black Lives Matter movement of today. So, something can be said about history repeating itself.
Hence, systemic racism is a relatively new term that came into existence within the last 53 years. Unfortunately for the White Americans, such a term goes entirely against white people. Because of its one-sided terms, it can be said the deck has been stacked against the whites with respect to issues involving racism against Blacks or any other non-white race. A good example of this is evidenced by the fact that systemic racism is continually being referred to in the protests carried out by the BLM movement. Its use is intended to place guilt on the whites and get sympathy for the Blacks. It's another tactic that the BLM movement is using to obtain preferential treatment for the Blacks and further advance Marxism.
In order to learn how systemic racism has been used to discriminate against the Blacks and other non-white races, the Founder conducted another online search and found two articles about this issue. The articles are relatively similar to each other. One such article is presented in the paragraph below.
In the article titled "7 Ways We Know Systemic Racism Is Real" [ref: https://www.benjerry.com/whats-new/2016/systemic-racism-is-real], it can be realized why the terms in systemic racism are placing the blame on the whites and, in some situations, rightfully so.
For instance, according to one study about wealth, white families hold 90% of the national wealth, Latino families hold 2.3%, and black families hold 2.6%. Not only that, the Great Recession hit minority families particularly hard, and the wealth gap has increased.
And, in the area of employment, it's next to impossible to build wealth without steady and rewarding employment. Unfortunately, the Black unemployment rate has been consistently twice that of whites over the past 60 years, no matter what has been going on with the economy (whether it's been up or down). Maybe higher education would help with this? But, according to the data Blacks with college degrees it happens that Blacks are twice as likely to be unemployed as all other graduates.
For information about the other 5 of the "7 Ways We Know Systemic Racism Is Real", the readers can access the article's website referenced above.
The second article on how systemic racism has been used to discriminate against the Blacks and other non-white races is titled "WHAT IS SYSTEMIC RACISM? [VIDEOS]" [ref: https://www.raceforward.org/videos/systemic-racism]. This article takes into account a few more areas of discrimination that were not covered in the previous article. Thus, the readers are encouraged to access this website as well.
In consideration of the injustices and oppression that has been incurred by the Blacks now and in the past due to systemic racism, it is obvious that something needs to be done to eradicate this type of racism. But, let's keep in mind that racism is a two-way street and improvement needs to be made by all the races. It should also be pointed out that the whites are not racist just because they're white. Of all the White Americans, it would be interesting to know what percentage of them would be classified as racist. Perhaps the Founder can address these concerns in a future Article to NAWWA.
In the meantime, and based upon the findings presented in this Article, it has been determined that the systemic racism is definitely linked to the whites. This is by virtue of its definition alone. And, the most compelling evidence which proves the systemic racism is part of the conspiracy theory to change America into a far-left socialist society is based upon the fact that the BLM movement has included it in the protests as an "other" racial issue.