Race, Class, and InequalityAug 08, 2006
The concept of equality is as important to America's self-conception as it is confusing. What sort of equality?
In this long, honest, and insightful piece, discusses the way forward for our racist society. How will we eliminate racism from all facets of our society, from the institutions to the quotidian interactions? Kendi gives credence to the following suggestion: Take those people who have been oppressed by racism and give them the positions of power. Kendi reaches this conclusion by reflecting on the last fifty years of racist and anti-racist back-and-forth in this country.
There's a lot to glean from this splendid article. Read it as part of "The long read" series at The Guardian:
Harold G. Neuman
Saturday, September 23, 2017 -- 11:08 AMThis is a long and arduous
This is a long and arduous journey. Many among us do not wish to embark. This may be because we are imbued with the racism of our long-dead ancestors; because we have never "bought in" to the notion of equality for all; because we have (in our own minds, at least) suffered economically due to the efforts of others to secure equality for all; or because we simply refuse to recognize the right of all to " life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". My take on this became clearer after I read Matt Ridley's Evolution of Everything. In that book, Ridley remarked that even if we ever do realize equality of opportunity, we will probably not realize equality of outcome. In an essay of my own, after quoting the Ridley observation, I mused that if we have been talking about this for fifty years or more and things have not materially changed, how can they ever change? And THAT is the right sort of question for this issue.