View Poll Results: Does institutional racism currently exist in America?

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    Institutional Racism [W:344]

    Does institutional racism currently exist in America?
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    re: Institutional Racism [W:344]

    In some parts yes, in other parts no.

    DP is mainly an American focused site. When you visit sites that talk about international politics, race does not come up as much.

    America is hooked on talking about race.

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    re: Institutional Racism [W:344]

    Yes, but not in the way people always think. I think holding minorities to a defacto lower standard of performance/expectation whether it comes to academics, college admissions or public assistance programs creates a negative feedback loop of sorts that causes a great many minorities to have lower expectations for themselves. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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    re: Institutional Racism [W:344]

    As long as the criminal organization known colloquially as the "Democratic" party holds a significant amount of political power there will continually be institutionalized racism in America.
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    re: Institutional Racism [W:344]

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    Yes, but not in the way people always think. I think holding minorities to a defacto lower standard of performance/expectation whether it comes to academics, college admissions or public assistance programs creates a negative feedback loop of sorts that causes a great many minorities to have lower expectations for themselves. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    it didn't stop Barry Soetoro's rise to power.

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    re: Institutional Racism [W:344]

    Yes, affirmative actions is institutionalized racism.

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    re: Institutional Racism [W:344]

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    Does institutional racism currently exist in America?
    Given "inertia" as part of the definition, I would have to say that there is still some inertia going on and that can only be countered so much. I do sometimes wonder if various rights groups (race, SSM, whatever) have way too much of this "We want it NOW" mentality that is so pervasive, especially in our younger generations, and are not willing to take the "Conquer part A, then conquer part B, etc" approach that will slower, would probably result in a more steady progression

    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Light View Post
    America is hooked on talking about race.
    On both sides of the coin. Actually in multiple views. You got those who won't let it go, those who don't believe that others have let it go (the automatic "you denied me therefore you must be racist" types), and even those who secretly work to keep it because it's such a cash cow for them ***cough***Reverends J&S***cough***

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    re: Institutional Racism [W:344]

    From a non-American perspective:

    As far as I know, the African American average regarding education and income is still significantly lower than that of white Americans. Since I don't buy the racist "genetically inferior" explanation, my best guess is that it does at least partly have to do with institutional racism (as defined in the link in the OP). Sounds like a reasonable explanation to me on first glance. But I'm open for better explanations.
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    re: Institutional Racism [W:344]

    Quote Originally Posted by German guy View Post
    From a non-American perspective:

    As far as I know, the African American average regarding education and income is still significantly lower than that of white Americans. Since I don't buy the racist "genetically inferior" explanation, my best guess is that it does at least partly have to do with institutional racism (as defined in the link in the OP). Sounds like a reasonable explanation to me on first glance. But I'm open for better explanations.
    For that specific example, how much of it is racism and how much of it is the rap/hip-hop culture that shuns learning and real work and berates blacks who are trying as being "too white" for trying to succeed? See Bill Cosby's various speeches on the culture issue. While I will not dismiss racism from the equation, such culture cannot be dismissed either. I'd like to see a good non-biased study done to see which is the higher influence and also if that could shift from area to area (i.e. the culture is the higher influence in large metro areas, while racism is the higher in more rural areas, as a potential result)

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    re: Institutional Racism [W:344]

    affirmative action?.

    Racism de jure doesn't get any more institutionalized.

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