"Systemic racism doesn't exist. It's not real. It's a conspiracy theory about evil white men plotting against black and brown people in dark, smoke-filled rooms." This is the argument made by some of the most popular people on online social platforms. People like Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, Sam Harris, Stefan Molyneux, Sargon Of Akkad, Alex Jones, Dave Rubin, Steven Crowder and, sadly, many more.
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Institutional racism (also known as systemic racism) is a form of racism that is embedded as normal practice within society or an organisation. It can lead to such issues as discrimination in criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, political power and education, among other issues.
Together these white privileged men reach an audience of millions, mostly young people with impressionable minds who find themselves in a situation where there's little hope for a bright and successful future. The popular YouTubers an podcasters I've just mentioned, some of which are united in the "intellectual dark web", consciously exploit the dire social and economic circumstances this young audience grows up in, to perpetuate in their minds the notion that the clearly visible inequality between the races is the product of genetic, inherited and cultural deficiencies in those racial groups. There is no such thing as systemic racism, and therefore their miserable lot in life must be the result of individual failing and innate inferiority. So the black and brown people of America and other western countries will just have to solve their own problems, pick themselves up by their bootstraps...
On top of that, according to the online celebrities, the political left has cultivated in those disadvantaged racial groups a victim-mentality. By giving them too much "free stuff", the evil left has turned them into welfare-queens who are made completely dependent on government programs, social security and food-stamps, thereby making it impossible to rise up on the social ladder of the meritocracy. It's all the fault of the blacks, browns and the evil left.
All this is of course bullshit of the highest order. And the sad thing is that by falling for these blatant lies, poor white people often vote against their own self-interest. Poor and middle class white Americans would benefit greatly from public schooling and medicare for all, but many will vote against these policies simply because they believe that the innately lazy, violent and unintelligent black and brown people would benefit most from them. This is a sad state of affairs, dangerous even looking at the social unrest that's brewing right now as a result of the very real systemic racism in America.
I'm not going to say more about this, as I've already written extensively on this subject in the past and even more so after the brutal murder of George Floyd. What I am going to do however is ask you, dear reader, especially if you're still not convinced about the reality of deeply embedded systemic racism (I know there's a lot of you out there), to watch the linked video; it's an hour long summary and thorough debunking of all the ways systemic racism is denied and explained away by those intellectual dimwits who poison the minds of millions on a daily basis. I'll also ask you to share this video with friends, family and colleagues of whom you know or suspect that they believe systemic racism doesn't exist. I promise that watching it will be both educational and entertaining: there's even a real Mario Kart race race in there to visualize how African Americans will always lose if the online celebrities of the new right are allowed to perpetuate their misinformed opinions in the minds of their young audience. So enjoy, but not too much, and share as much as possible...
How To Pretend Systemic Racism Doesn't Exist
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