Racism follows you into stores, belittling you, portraying you as the ideal thief among thieves. You are humanity’s lowest common denominator.
Racism follows you into educational institutions, where a stigma floats the idea that Blacks are genetically flawed and thus do not have the aptitude to excel in academia. Such biases can spill over into educational and job opportunities where students and graduates alike are denied influential roles simply based on race.
Racism follows you into job opportunities, where Blacks are often the last employed and the first given a pink slip when companies undergo hardships. Moreover, promotional opportunities for Blacks are not so forthcoming as they are for their White colleagues.
Racism follows you using racial profiling and facial recognition technologies. When finding criminals are yielding too few leads, then overwhelmingly for Black and Brown people, this could be your misfortune.
Racism follows you into healthcare, where Blacks have a mortality rate significantly higher than that of their White counterparts.
Racism follows you on the internet so that it can criminalize you. It provokes you; it tries to corner you, it harasses you, and it will create stitch-up schemes as a way to imprison you.
Racism follows innocent Black and Brown kids, where trigger-happy officers may shoot first and ask questions later, all while rendering inadequate medical aid as kids lay there dying in their blood.
Racism follows you into parks while you bird-watch, or into neighborhoods while you run, or during barbecues with family, where annoying the wrong White person might invite a deadly encounter with police, or vigilantes, because you were at the wrong place at the wrong time, or you raised your voice a little too high at the person you annoyed.
Racism follows you into the Congressional chambers, where Congressmen and women, and Senators, may “turn a blind eye” to its existence or relegate a dangerous mob-furor to overenthusiastic patriotism.
The U.S. has a grave problem with racism, and it desperately needs to be fixed. It will take the whole nation [national teamwork] to fix it.
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