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  •  Racism depends on power. (14+ / 0-)

    Bigotry does not.  Anyone can be bigoted, racially or otherwise.  To be racist, you have to belong to the racial group that is (and has been) in power in a nation/region.  So, yeah, speaking technically, in the United States, only white people can be racist while we still maintain the power and the supporting infrastructure.

    If you want a 'post-racial' society, you need a society in which median wealth is independent of race, where ability to be elected to public office is independent of race, where educational levels are independent of race, where police harassment and incarceration are independent of race.  Not one in which the median wealth of blacks is 1/20th of whites, where only 7 blacks have ever served in the Senate, where 'stop and frisk' stops each black person in a city more than once a year on average, where driving while black or walking while black can be a death sentence, where minority heavy schools are funded and staffed well enough that scores don't have a racial bias, where 1 in 6 black men don't wind up in jail while only 1 in 100 white men do.

    A black president is a nice milestone, but it's really not much different than rich black entertainers - a statistical outlier.  We've got a hell of a long way to go to end the incredible racial divide in this country, and we just took several majors steps backward in doing so, thanks to the Roberts Court's hatred for equal voting rights and programs set up to address the racial divide.

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