We recriminalized black life. Incarceration rates since the 1908s have gone through the roof, overwhelmingly black males, women and hispanics to some extent. Essentially re-doing what happened under reconstruction. That's the history of african americans - so how can any one say there's no problem. Sure, racism is serious, but it's worse than that.
Our love of lockstep is our greatest curse, the source of all that bedevils us. It is the source of homophobia, xenophobia, racism, sexism, terrorism, bigotry of every variety and hue, because it tells us there is one right way to do things, to look, to behave, to feel, when the only right way is to feel your heart hammering inside you and to listen to what its timpani is saying.
I received a most amusing postcard the other morning. Unfortunately, it was not signed in a readable manner so i cannot answer it privately. But it comes from moblie, ala., and says: 'dear mrs. Roosevelt: you have not answered my question, the amount of negro blood you have in your veins, if any.' i am afraid none of us know how much nor what kind of blood we have in our veins, since chemically it is all the same. And most of us cannot trace our ancestry more than a few generations.