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  • Melanie Mallon wrote a new post, The Evolution of Racism in America, on the site Skepchick 3 months, 1 week ago

    Some of the most eye-opening information on the internet comes in the form of a tweet thread, with Black twitter and History twitter leading the way. This week’s post combines the best of those worlds with a […]

    • So, the United States is just as racist and intolerant today as it was when the first Africans disembarked in 1526? It’s outlandish claims like this that make it more and more difficult to convince people of the need to address the remaining vestiges of the country’s racist past.

      • Where do you see that claim made? “Just as racist” isn’t the point of the thread as I read it. The point is that there isn’t a straight line of progress on racism and against white supremacy that goes from worse to better. That line turns back on itself repeatedly in our country’s history.

        I really don’t see any evidence that wearing rose-colored glasses leads to anyone addressing anything difficult. The opposite is usually true: we have to be uncomfortable enough to do something about a problem.

        • > One of the most popular misconceptions about black history is that over time, America has gradually become less racist and more tolerant. That is not true.

          > Harriot continues documenting the progress of white supremacy, tying it to present-day forms and making clear that the idea of progressing away from racism and white supremacy is a myth in American history and society.

          These two comments combined suggest America is not progressing when it comes to racism and intolerance, which demonstrably false.

          > I really don’t see any evidence that wearing rose-colored glasses leads to anyone addressing anything difficult. The opposite is usually true: we have to be uncomfortable enough to do something about a problem.

          Two words: Chicken Little.

          • How can you read that thread and conclude that America has gradually become less racist? Every example in that thread shows instance after instance of America going BACKWARD on race and white supremacy. This doesn’t mean that America is “just as racist” as the colonists in the sixteenth century. It means that the country constantly backslides without an active fight to progress forward. We are in the midst of such a backslide right now. White supremacy is on the rise.

            Your second quotation is my summary of the rest of the thread, not Harriot’s words, and I could have been more precise and explained it more in line with what I said above.

            I assume you’re jokingly conceding that there’s no evidence by citing a children’s story that isn’t relevant.

    • I make the observation that this post implies America is as racist and intolerant today as it was when Africans first arrived. You respond that’s not what this post says. I quote from the post the portions that say exactly that. Now you are saying America has been going backwards on racism for five centuries, but we are not as racist as sixteenth century colonists. How can both be true? Either we are progressing–albeit in fits and starts–or we are not progressing. Which is it?

      My reference to Chicken Little was a reference to the fact that people will STOP LISTENING when claims are demonstrably false. There IS still racism in America, but to claim we have been backsliding on the issue for five centuries is demonstrably false. The situation today is FAR BETTER than it has ever been. People will never apply the kind of focus required, however, to see the few remaining vestiges of racism when they are busy scoffing at claims that white Americans are as bad as the slavers who first brought Africans to North America 500 years ago.