NC Week 7 Reflection Post

According to Jackson we have gone from being in a dejure and defacto racist state to a decardio racist state. Looking back on the history the United States and its discriminatory polices, there is no denying that our country has a racist past. However, I think there is debate whether or not racism still exists and Jackson argues that it does. He explains it as ‘perceived racism.’ Its the kind of racism that isn’t so blatant, making it hard to identify. This is what he means by saying we have moved from a defacto racist state to a decardio racist state. Americans are always questioning themselves whether or not they are being perceived as a racist, and this causes a lot of anxiety. They feel the need to censor themselves in ways they never have before and from a moral standpoint, this is a good thing. However, it has implications. This sort of thinking is disingenuous and does nothing towards building a non racist country. If anything, it makes becoming a country of equal opportunities, all the more difficult, because perceived racism cannot be measured. It can be easily turned on the preceiver as being malinterpreted, which isn’t necessarily racism. Jackson explains there are ways to combat such racism. He explains we much admit that decardio racism exist and is worthy of analysis. Amercians tend to look past decardio racism because we feel satisfied with how far we have come since the Jim Crow laws. However we shouldn’t feel satisfied, because it invites racism to continue behind closed doors. Furthermore, if we are to admit that this as a problem does in fact exist, then we must commit to actually doing something about it. We start, as Jackson explains it, by befriending people outside of our race. A deeper understanding of both races is necessary for combating racism. We must seek understanding of different races and shy away from them. This is how we will build a racism-free country.

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