I can't believe folk actually think not talking about racism suddenly stops racism. That's absurd, things don't get better by ignoring them and pretending they don't exist.
Originally Posted by Mugging of Cena
Morgan Freeman expressed a similar sentiment but probably articulated it better than most. This was from a 60 Minutes interview several years ago.
I honestly think it is a logically and empirically vacuous position to hold. And with all due respect to Morgan Freeman who is a fine actor and is more than entitled to his opinion, but the idea that racism is eradicated once it is ignored simply holds zero water historically or empirically.
This is very simple. Throughout American history there have numerous examples of systemic and legal institutions of racism. There was slavery, there was racial disenfranchisement, there was jim crow laws that denied public facilities to people of color. Then there have been numerous symbolic and legal rectifications of this racism.
-The 13th Amendment called for slavery to be abolished in the US.
-The 15th Amendment banned racial discrimination in Federal elections.
-The 24th Amendment banned Congress and the States from instituting poll taxes
-The Civil Rights Act of 1964
-The Voting Rights Act of 1965
All of these measures were designed to combat systemic racism in the United States and have succeeded in some places and failed in others. they have certainly not eradicated racism but they have limited its reach.
Not one of these Amendments or Laws came into fruition because people STOPPED talking about the existence of racism.
Nope. They happened because people actively shined the light on racism and oppression and did not back down when confronted with it.
So again...Morgan Freeman is entitled to his opinion. I think that he is simply wrong.