Systemic racism in a nutshell

Ever notice how Columbus Day is a federal holiday even though he enslaved the Taino and committed genocide on Hispaniola, yet Emancipation Day (April 16) isn’t even a state holiday in most places never mind a federal holiday?

We celebrate a heritage of genocide and slavery and yet reject a celebration of the freedom of over three million slaves – 10% of the population of the US at the time – who’s descendants still face police brutality, redlining, and other racist policies today.

That is systemic racism. It’s built into the culture, and if you’re a white person who’s not actively trying to counter it, you’re benefiting from it.

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