What is the state of black-white race relations in the United States? We’ve all had plenty of time to read the news, watch the media, talk privately. Please consider this question carefully and let us know what you think. We are not asking you (yet) for your solution, just your diagnosis.
There seems to be a very wide spectrum of opinions on this topic.
At one end of the spectrum is the damning verdict of Critical Race Theory (CRT). CRT teaches that the U.S. is irretrievably rotten to the core. The “woke” consider racism in the U.S. to be so oppressive, so entrenched, so profoundly systematic, that it can’t be fixed without a wholesale change in our national identity and political order.
At the other end of the spectrum is the view that racism in the U.S. is a thing of the past. We have made steady progress: Abolitionist Movement, the Civil War, Civil Rights legislation, de-segregation, affirmative action. It’s now time to move on. Let’s stop hitting our head against the wall over racism so we can sharpen our focus on strengthening our families and communities.
So, at one end of the spectrum is the diagnosis that the U. S, is “rotten to the core.” At the other end of the spectrum is: “we’ve delt with it, so let’s move on.”
Do you agree with this definition of the spectrum of perspectives on the race problem in the U.S? If not, please present an alternative.
Where do you stand? What is your assessment of the status of black-white race relations in the U.S.?
Please share your thoughts below.