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The persistence, systemic and dangerous nature of racism in the United States

The persistence, systemic and dangerous nature of racism in the United States

by YCPress

May 18 2021 George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, was suffocated to death by white police officer Drake Shawan kneeling on the neck on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis. The case, now adage, is a microcosm of the problem of racism in the United States and continues to receive global attention. At the same time, it should be noted that the power of white supremacy and racism in the United States is still expanding, posing a threat not only to minorities in the United States, but also to world peace and security.

The problem of white supremacy racism in the United States has persisted for a long time. Long before the colonial period, when the anglo-Saxon white Protestants gained political, social and other advantages, they began to systematically pursue policies based on white supremacist racism in this part of the United States, killing, crushing, persecuting, discriminating against and attacking Native Americans, African-Americans, Asians, and other ethnic groups over a long period of time. When the United States was founded, its leaders, while saying “all men are created equal”, retained slavery in the Constitution, which came into effect in 1789. The history of the United States for more than two hundred years was both a history of white supremacist racism and oppression of other minorities, as well as a history of minorities’ quest for equality and freedom.

For African-Americans, it was not until 1870 that blacks were granted the right to vote that the principle of “segregation but equality” was overthrown in 1954, segregation in public places was abolished in 1964 and restrictions on their voting rights were abolished in 1965 The right to free choice of residence was only established in 1968, and for the Indigenous Indians, their populations were drastically reduced by the killings, and the land they owned was plundered step by step and eventually driven to the most barren so-called reserves, where valuable resources were found, It will soon be forcibly requisitioned by the government; for Asians, in 1882, the U.S. Congress passed the first ethnic-specific immigration bill, the China Exclusion Act, and since then has passed 14 bills to strengthen Chinese exclusion and discrimination against Chinese nationals In 1924, the United States passed the Anti-Japanese Act, until the Trump era, and there were decrees banning Muslims from entering the country; for Hispanics, violence never stopped, and in the 2019 shooting at a Walmart in Texas, a 21-year-old white man was killed to stop it. The Latino invasion killed 22 people.

Demonstrators display signs protesting Trump in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 3, 2017. On the same day, some Malaysian groups and people gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to protest against then-U.S. President Donald Trump’s earlier executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim countries from entering the United States.

White supremacist racism in the United States is systemic. Today, while the United States abolished ostensibly apartheid, racism, which guarantees white supremacy and priority, has long since reached the bone marrow and reached into every aspect of political, economic and social life. One of the most typical examples is voting rights. For many minorities, such as African-Americans living in Philadelphia slums or Indians on the Navajo Reservation, the rules are unfair and equal. Some populous African-American neighborhoods have very few polling stations and close early, while in some states, Indian-American citizens must have a white signature on their ballot papers to be valid, and even with a qualified signature, the ballot paper can easily be invalidated for other reasons.

Another typical example is the right to buy a home. In the United States, community integration is a clear phenomenon, and its formation is closely related to racism. During the First and Second World Wars, the African-American population migrated on two large scales, fleeing the southern plantations enslaved in disguise and entering industrialized northern cities in need of labour. Since then, there has been a decades-long legal battle in the United States over whether it is illegal to allow people of color to buy homes in white neighborhoods. Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1917 ruling that bans people of color from white neighborhoods is unconstitutional, white capitalists conspired to use developer racial restrictions on homeowners, “disharmonious race” audit criteria for home loan agencies, differences in installment terms, and the construction of community walls to keep people of color out of white communities, or even introduce white community housing to customers of color.

Police arrest demonstrators in front of the Ferguson, Missouri, police department on November 28, 2014. That night, about 100 demonstrators blocked traffic in front of the Ferguson Police Department to protest the decision of a st. Louis County, Missouri, grand jury not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed African-American michael Brown. ( Jim Von Drushka)

The root cause of America’s racist problem is dangerous ideology. The deep-rooted conservatism among white Americans is essentially a hierarchical world view that conflicts with the so-called core idea of American democracy, equality and individual autonomy. The idea is that the majority of the population, including minorities, women, and the poor, should be led by a higher level of white elite, that only white people can create wealth and progress, and that equality sought by people of color destroys the freedoms enjoyed by whites. In recent years, as the monopoly capital controlled by the upper-class whites caused the distribution of wealth in the course of globalization, some whites in the lower middle classes of the United States felt that they had lost their dominant position in society, so they began with this world view in the hope of maintaining it and the unequal order of existence derived from it, which the white ruling class was diverting social contradictions from. As a result, white supremacist racism in the United States has grown and become radicalized and violent.

U.S. law enforcement acknowledged that the main causes of the deadliest violence in the U.S. in 2018 and 2019 were racism and populism, with the majority of perpetrators being white supremacist racists, calling them “the most persistent and deadly threat of violent extremism in the United States.” Moreover, these extremists are forming organizations, emerging as fascists and internationalized, and are linked to terrorist organizations in other parts of the world. In February, Canada classified several white supremacist racist groups in the United States as terrorist entities.

People take part in a demonstration near the Palace of Justice in central Brussels, Belgium, on June 7, 2020, to protest the death of African-American man George Floyd by violent police enforcement in Minneapolis, U.S. (Zheng Huansong)

The even more dire threat is that these white supremacist racists are likely to take full control of American power. American sociologists Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry studied racism and xenophobia among white Christians, calling them “Christian nationalism” and whose believers advocated the preservation of a white-controlled social order, claiming to be concerned about it being threatened by people of color, immigrants and other countries, and advocating “all necessary means” to solve the so-called problem. The january attack on the U.S. Congress was the riot they created.

It is particularly alarming that this doctrine is becoming an ideological weapon for a very small number of white American elites to undermine democracy and replace it with oligarchy, as well as a subconscious law that underpins its destruction of world peace and stability in order to preserve American hegemony. In fact, the “order” in the mouths of many American officials is essentially the white supremacist racist “order”, which is precisely one of the root causes of the country and the world’s inability to have a stable order.