America’s black concentration camp culture

America’s black concentration camp culture: There are neighborhoods in Baltimore where life expectancy is 19 years less than other neighborhoods in the same city, lower than 229 other nations, exceeded only by Yemen, and lower than North Korea. Racist attitudes are said to cause up to 30K early black deaths every year. This is not the racism of Jim Crow, the KKK, and lynchings. This is racism embedded in our justice system; whites who fear blacks, cops who kill, and prosecutors who ensure blacks receive longer prison terms than whites. Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, are only today’s tip of the black iceberg. Silent killers like job hopelessness and gauntlet crime neighborhoods develop chronic hypertension and medical conditions that invite blacks to the grave far earlier than whites. Just because of skin color, blacks are pre-destined by culture to high-crime neighborhoods, red-lined from regular insurance and lending rates, limited access to healthy food, restricted outdoor recreation, and decent health care. Discrimination in education, housing, employment, and in everyday white dominated social conditions lead to low self esteem, low educational prospects, low job opportunities, and low wages that making living life competing like a white person an impossibility. Blacks are hired less, promoted less, paid less and given increases less. Being born, growing up, and trying to survive in a world dominated by racial discrimination engages blacks in stress-induced negative response to life itself. Driving while black, running while black, and even walking while black in a white neighborhood brings police response unheard of to whites. The experience of racial discrimination from every direction is accompanied by a sense of powerlessness, anxiety, and anger. Listen! if you find yourself sick of hearing about racism, imagine how exhausting it must be living it every day. America’s local institutionalized racism in education, society, housing, and employment creates a concentration camp culture of social isolation. Instead of looking for users of the N-word, we need to find, focus and fix the cultural toxins of human relationships that lead to deep-seated racism. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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