Why Hate is Alive and Well: Silence, Suppression, and the Racial Reckoning in America that Never Was
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By Reggie Jackson
Just when people across the country were ready to claim America was willing to honestly “reckon” with racism, reality stepped in and said, “hold on a minute.” To reckon by the dictionary definition is to settle accounts. This is not what America has done.
When America exploded after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, I heard conversations and read articles about this being the moment that America will finally reckon with race. Somehow people were led to believe this would be easy.
I like to think of this attempted reckoning being similar to fighting a lion. The lion will fight back. Racism did not just surrender because of the protests, Black Lives Matter signs and all of the training about racism that people have undergone. If solving racism was this easy, America would have fixed itself a long time ago.
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