Saturday, April 4, 2015

Millennials and Racism

Mychal Denzel Smith writes that white millennials are brought up to be colorblind about racism, and misunderstand the message of Martin Luther King, Jr.  

One way to open a constructive dialog between races is to expand the conversation to a discussion about common experiences in various hierarchies so that white people can relate to the problems that systemic racism create.   For example, both sexual assault and the murder of black men (Trayvon Martin, etc.) are viewed as isolated instances.

Therefore the people on top of the racist/sexist system feel they do not have to examine their culture that causes these problems.  The common language of hierarchies can help bridge the gap Mr. Smith is addressing.