In 2017, there’s no need to kid ourselves: racism is still an issue in the United States of America.
As a nation we’ve come a long way.
If, however, the last few years is any indication, we still have a long way to go.
And how do we overcome this evil of racism? First, as a nation, we must want to rid ourselves of the evil of racism. Where there is no real desire to overcome racism, we will continue to allow it or even perpetuate it. The desire must first be there, and then we will find creative means to overcome it as a nation.
Second, we must continue to see each other as equals. This is not the case currently. When blacks and other minorities are not given the same opportunities to grow and amass wealth as privileged whites; when injustices continues in the workplace; when blacks are flooding our prisons, we are inequality, not equality.
Third, we must seek to understand what we do not understand. I’m tired of that lame excuse about cultural differences when people are not willing to take the time to understand one another. To restate, if we want to rid ourselves of the evil of racism, we will engage each other, to understand, and to create pathways to real reconciliation.
Finally, let’s all do our part to rid ourselves of the evil of racism in 2017.