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UNDERSTANDING THE ADVOCACY OF BLACKS REQUIRES A COMPROMISE THAT ALLOWS BOTH BLACKS AND WHITES PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER’S PERSPECTIVE WITHOUT BIAS
Britain today, like many countries across the world, is still racist. A lot of people might try to deny it, but racism still exists in the country. Unless you are a part of the privileged majority who don’t suffer for the color of their skin, you have to admit that people of different races are not treated the same.
Britain has a history of being one of the biggest beneficiaries of slavery. One of the biggest slave ports in Europe is in Liverpool, and the last slave ship to sail across the Atlantic belonged to a Liverpudlian.
It takes a collective effort to put an end to racism, but before we can achieve that, we must first learn about the history of slavery, its grave repercussions, and the numerous ways forward.
Although we can argue that the tenacity and openness of slavery have decreased to a minimal level, it is still ingrained in the people through their social values. People are still being discriminated against because of their skin color, and Blacks have had it worse. It’s not enough to say that you’re not racist — society has made it impossible for anyone who is Black to enjoy privileges reserved for Whites. The problem is not necessarily with anyone who’s White, but with the system which has made it difficult for Blacks to live a normal life.
The only way to overcome racism is to dismantle whatever existing systemic constitution that has been put in place to segregate based on color.
Treating the pain and complaints of Blacks with disdain and lack of interest does no justice to the issue of racism. As the author found out in a study of hers, non-Blacks barely show interest in anything that deals with Black history. To them, it’s a past event that doesn’t concern them in any way. This didn’t sit well with Reni, and she decided to set up a blog to talk about her exasperation.
The blog featured its first article titled “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.” She used the post to highlight why it’s pointless explaining racism to people who believe it doesn’t exist. However, against the backlash that she expected, the post garnered positive reviews, sending a message to both Black and White people on the importance of dialogue and communication. She explained why it’s crucial for Black people to speak and why Whites should listen.
If we want to make progressive steps to flatten racism, then we must come to terms with the fact that we need each other’s help.
Did you know? Throughout the transatlantic slave trade, more than eleven million Africans were uprooted from their homes and displaced across the world for free labor.