On a Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia, protestors gathered around city hall to protest police brutality. Being that I live in Philadelphia, I decided to attend the first hour to further understand their grievances. I don’t agree with the narrative of “white racism”, nor do I think police are entirely at fault (more on that later). My observations confirmed what I expected to see, but were equally enlightening. (more…)
Socioeconomic racial disparity has been making lots of headlines recently. Protests in New York and Ferguson have brought a new light to the discussion of race. I have pointed out in previous posts what caused disparity, but never offered a solution. I believe the current state of disparity is a storm of multiple policy failures, so there is no single pen swipe or new law that could do anything worth mentioning. (more…)
We often see headlines of alleged racism followed by lectures from the politically correct crowd. In an attempt to take a moral high ground, they inadvertently point out a reality of human nature: all of us discriminate all the time. Narrowly defining “racism” has made it politically useful to apply when convenient. By broadening the definition to “discrimination”, we can see how it is meaninglessly thrown around for personal agendas. (more…)
There is no question that segregation in the U.S. was an appalling practice. However, it is often overlooked that segregation was, in fact, a government enforced policy. In other words, there were white businesses with black customers and employees, but those same blacks had to sit in the back of the government-run bus because of public policy. In many ways, today’s economic disparity is more glaring than in the past, despite social justice crusades of the mid-20th century.