SYSTEMIC RACISM

Racism is one of the cruellest and darkest chapters in our nation’s history, and just when we thought we’ve fully eliminated it, it rears its head in some shape or form, time and time again. This problem becomes substantially worse when it evolves to what we call ‘systemic racism’.

In essence, systemic racism is a term that refers to racism being present on one or more levels across our country’s culture, policy, or (and) institutions. It becomes commonplace and to some, it may even appear, as ugly as it sounds, as some sort of normalcy. Equal Justice Now exists in a different reality, the one where racism is still one of the most negative aspects of human behaviour.

Systems and machinations that utilize inconspicuous tricks to slander, blame, and discriminate against people of different color are not long for this world in more ways than one, and we’ve singled out just a handful of facts that prove these systems are all too operational even today. For example:

• Black African-American citizens fare 12.7% of the US population while only possessing a modest 3% of its wealth
• The unemployment rate for black African-American citizens is twice as steep and critical in comparison to the unemployment rate of white citizens
• The chances of a person ultimately getting the job position ramp up drastically if ‘white’ characteristics are featured in the CV (phone call)

Equal Justice Now means equal justice for all people, regardless of their skin color. We are committed and bent on the crusade to see the United States of America shine in a new world without racism. It would be our America that Trayvon Martin, John Crawford, and Breonna Taylor would still be a part of. It would be America where so many others would still be able to embrace it if it weren’t for systemic racism.

There is one thing to be said about racism – it is taught, just like hate speech, intolerance, and other forms of abusive communication. Even though we may not eradicate it from existence in its entirety, we certainly can help you guard yourself against its consequences.