Systemic Racism in America is a Canard

I recently read a new book by Kathleen Brush, Ph.D. entitled “Racism and anti-Racism in the World: before and after 1945.”

It does a good job of arguing against the B.S. being spewed by President Biden, Black Lives Matter, the 1619 Project, and the “Border Czarina” aka Kamala Harris. The book builds a compelling case that America is not a racist nation. It is instead a leading anti-racist nation that has tried to compel other nations to behave the same as the United States. After all, the United States remains the ONLY nation in history that actually fought a war to rid itself of the scourge of slavery.

Of course, that doesn’t fit the bogus narrative that leftist Socialists who have taken over the Democrat Party are pushing–namely, that America is a nation rife with “systemic racism.”

“I was crushed when reading about Americans that were not proud of their country because of its racism,” Author Brush said. “I have studied racism in the world for over ten years, including traveling and working in 111 countries. America’s demonstrable commitment to anti-racism is something to be proud of.”

Below is a commentary by Dr. Brush that I think you will find interesting—unless of course, you are one of those who are convinced that the United States is more racist now than it was before the Civil War and during the Jim Crow era, which ironically, was created by the Democrat Party.

Systemic Racism Not in America

By: Kathleen Brush, Ph.D.

People familiar with America’s legal system are on solid ground saying this system is not systemically racist and this system is foundational to all of our systems. They are also on solid ground acknowledging that prior to 1964 and 1965 the United States legal system had many so-called Jim Crow laws that were racist. In 1964/1965 America killed its history of white supremacy and systemic racism.

Kathleen Brush, Ph.D.

If that is so, why are we told hourly that we are a systemically racist nation? Beyond political opportunism, we have new authors defining why America is systemically racist. According to the lead author of the NY Times Project 1619, Hannah Nicole Jones, America can never escape systemic racism because America possesses the original sin of slavery. Like the original sin, this one can never be forgiven or erased. In building her case, no one would accuse her of being fair-minded with American history or unbiased towards whites.

Ibram X Kendi is a self-proclaimed anti-racist czar and author of How to be an Anti-Racist. He claims systemic racism in America is tied to the original sin of racism which he argues is unique to America. It’s apparent that Kendi has never stepped outside the USA or studied the history of racism around the world. Odd qualifications for an anti-racist czar, Kendi is outwardly and overtly racist against whites, and he unapologetically enjoys the company of anti-Semites.

It is in Critical Race Theory (CRT) where we find the basis of systemic racism that most BLM activists and advocates seem to stake their claims on.

Under CRT, systemic racism in America is found in the unconscious thoughts of Americans. These are the unconscious biases that the media has been prattling on about since President Obama was in office. Unconscious biases have been found to result in discriminatory actions about 4% of the time. This 4% includes discriminatory actions like someone rolling their eyes, and shrugging, or standing in a defensive posture. These actions paint a good picture of the severity of the claims of systemic racism in America, however, there are other examples that might seem more grave. A Latino choosing to donate to a charity in Argentina rather than Somalia, or a black person choosing to donate to a charity in Somalia rather than Argentina are exhibiting unconscious racial biases. Per CRT, until unconscious bias is eradicated there will continue to be systemic racism. It could be said that as long as there are people there will be systemic racism.

What about the ostensible systemic racism we hear about in law enforcement, healthcare, and education? America has entered a silly phase where all disproportionate outcomes are ipso facto racism. The problem is if people look under the covers, they would not find racism. They would find for example, that disproportionate health outcomes are tied to different lifestyle decisions. Disproportionate educational outcomes tie to different values placed on education as seen, for example, through studying habits. Disproportional outcomes with law enforcement tie to the disproportional engagements in crime.

If anyone is interested in the analysis of disproportional outcomes in health care, the legal system or schools, or any other system please let me know. I have the analysis of the first three, but I also know that every time I decide to analyze the validity of a systemic racism claim it ends up as fake news.

Kathleen Brush, Ph.D. is a consultant, writer, and educator on global and women’s leadership issues. She has more than 30 years of experience as a senior executive and researching, traveling, and working internationally. Her Ph.D. is in management and international studies. Kathleen’s articles have appeared on CNBC, Fox Business, The Washington Post, Financial Times China, Business Week, and Entrepreneur.
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