Unfortunately, there is still a lot of racism in the United States. If we want a fairer place to live, we need to fight slavery ideas and defend the rights of minorities. Discrimination against people of color cannot be accepted as a normal practice.
The Black Lives Matter movement is just one example of the growing number of movements that are fighting against bigotry and injustice. The struggle for minorities rights is a huge example of how we can all unite together to make the world a better place for everyone.
Just to be clear, the author is arguing that, if we want a fairer and more just society, we need to fight against racism. At the very least, we need to fight against the injustices of the existing system.
If we look at the history of the civil rights movement, it was primarily motivated by the desire to end discrimination and injustice. While that was the premise of the movement, the actual goals were not always clear. In the 1960s, civil rights groups focused on achieving equal rights at the federal level, but many were also determined to end discrimination in the private sector — whether it was in housing or employment.
As time went on, the Civil Rights Act was expanded to include not only federal protections, but also employment discrimination. It became easier for people to join the movement because the fight for civil rights was no longer about changing the law, but about changing the system.
This is not to say that we should not be concerned with the issues of racial inequality and discrimination. But the purpose of the movement was not to focus on the immediate effects of discrimination.
How can we think about how to improve the lives of people of color today when we are in the midst of a civil rights movement that was primarily about changing the law?
The civil rights movement did not eliminate racism. It did not even end discrimination in the short term.
Rather, the movement was about creating a new society — a society that was different from the one we had now. It was about changing the way we thought about race and identity. It was about challenging a system that had failed people of color.
The civil rights movement was not about eliminating racism, but it was about changing the way we thought about race and identity.
That’s why it was important for the movement to focus on the immediate effects of discrimination. This has become increasingly difficult to do today, as people discriminate with prejudice that begins with family behavior (children inheriting racist concepts from their parents), judging people’s ability, talent, intelligence and honesty beforehand, looking at their color. What would a white person, who saw their parents treating black people as inferiors, need to change their worldview? The most likely answer is: nothing. But we can teach whites they are prejudiced and they will be better citizens if they reflect about their actions. We can teach men to treat women with respect although we cannot eradicate that prejudice with just a lecture on patriarchy. We can educate them about the benefits of interracial dating but our focus must stay on the immediate effects of discrimination. If we want to change our history, we need to focus on racism as it affects today’s communities.
A second problem with identity politics is the concept of a “moral majority.” Identity politics, in many cases, has a negative effect. The majority of white men still benefit from oppression and are not interested in fighting for social justice. But this concept overlooks the fact that “liberal” and “radical” are not synonymous terms. Some liberals, like libertarians, are completely against racial discrimination, even though they do not advocate practical policies of inclusion, believing that the free market is enough to fix things. They ignore that identity politics only works with people who already agree with you. It ignores the way in which social change can occur by breaking down barriers that prevent some people from feeling like they are part of society.
The same could be said of feminists. It is only when we break down the concept of “moral majority” that we will be taken seriously. The way we see women is the way we see men and gender and the solution is to stop being afraid of our own history and embrace our modern day feminism. Because we are all human. It is unfair for us to believe otherwise, and we all have to make a choice, a choice to believe in equality: equality of outcome, equality in everything from marriage to child support. As men, feminists and the rest of society, we must become allies with each other. We need to understand that women are not our enemy. We are not an oppressed other to be marginalized for simply existing. We are one human family with one planet. We can and will do better. We have to become aware of the history behind and change things for the good of all.
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