The newly popular charge that America suffers from “systemic racism” ignores the realities of how our current system of law, politics, business and culture really work. In legal terms, racism has been illegal for 50 years with bans on discrimination in hiring, housing, education and more. Yes, racist attitudes still exist but the system now works against them, not for them.
In politics, 12% of the House of Representatives is now Black – closely matching the Black percentage of the population – and the nation twice elected a Black President. In business, discrimination not only violates the law but hurts the bottom line, in hiring and customers, when 40% of America identifies as non-white.
Finally, a striking explosion of Black creativity and success characterizes our culture, while open expressions of bigotry lead to disgrace and even ostracism.
The American system has changed profoundly – far from imposing racism, it now strives to eliminate it.