Racism. The subject is steeped in centuries of emotion. The mere mention of it among people of different ethnicities can suck all the fun out of a room faster than a backdraft consumes air. And more often than not, the resulting vibe after those discussions is just as explosive.

Some are exhausted from explaining it and some are tired of hearing about it. In all honesty, I don’t enjoy writing about the subject. But as a Black man, there’s one reason I continue to have those discussions, and if you consider yourself an ally of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color (BIPOC), or even someone who stands against racist practices, it’s the same reason you might continue to as well: Because they matter.

The State of the Union

It boggles my mind that in 2021 that folks are still resistant to the fact that BIPOC are not afforded the same freedoms, rights, and opportunities as our white counterparts. Even more astounding is that the need still exists for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to express in words (spoken and written), deeds (personal and public demonstrations), and legislation that America is woefully negligent in fulfilling its promises.

That any human being is treated as less than because of their skin color, or for any reason for that matter, is maddening. If you’re still thinking America is flourishing in a post-racial Renaissance, here’s a quick, one-question litmus test just for you.

"Being Black" by Jane Elliott. YouTube.

Thank you, Jane.

Moving on.

The Landscape

There are basically three mindsets regarding racism in America. Don’t get your keyboard all locked up. In the interest of time, I’m writing in broad terms. Very broad terms.