Institutional Systemic Racism

Submitted by ub on Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:35

#CityImages stands with the Black community, our hearts aching for our nation which is divided by racism, injustice, arrogance, and cruelty. During these difficult times, we wish to take a moment to reaffirm our mission to fight ignorance, support all of communities, and stand against every form of dehumanization. WeThe People are angry, hurt, and fed up with being treated like second-class citizens,

Racism in any way shape of form is wrong and is an injustice that belives a particular race is somehow superior or inferior to others, that an individual's social and moral traits are predetermined by their inborn biological characteristics. and that different races should remain segregated and living, and working apart from each other.

That some human beings possess different behavioral traits depending on their physical appearance and can be divided based on the superiority of one race over another. It is about prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against others because they are from a different race or ethnic group.

If we are really Created Equal why can't we experience opportunities for anyone willing to work hard to overcome whatever injustices we find in our way? Good folks are being mercilessly slaughtered and cities are n shambles due to increased poverty, low wages, lack of adequate housing, or affordable health-care, under-resourced schools, mass incarceration, and police brutality. However, looting is a problem but hasn’t Trump and members of the GOP looted from American taxpayers?

As a Latino, who is also categorized as Hispanic I come from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. However, depending on our skin color, we are not all distinguishable as racial minorities. Some of us are darker than others. My partner is Chinese, who is also characterized as Asian. She and I have both dealt with the hatred that racism spreads.  However, we believe that although everyone has a right to protest injustices, there is absolutely no excuse for violence which leads to injuries, or death, nor the destruction of property.

But this problem outdated both of us. According to data compiled by Wikipedia, after the Mexican–American War, the USA annexed much of the current Southwestern region from Mexico. Mexicans residing in that territory found themselves subject to discrimination. It is estimated that at least 597 Mexicans were lynched between 1848 and 1928. Mexicans were lynched at a rate of 27 per 100K of the population between 1880 and 1930. This statistic is second only to that of the African American community during the same period, which suffered an average of 37 per 100K of the population. Between 1848 and 1879, Mexicans were lynched at an unprecedented rate of 473 per 100K of the population.

During the Great Depression, the U.S. government-sponsored a Mexican Repatriation program which was intended to encourage Mexican immigrants to voluntarily return to Mexico, however, many were forcibly removed against their will. In total, up to one million persons of Mexican ancestry were deported, approximately 60 percent of those individuals were actually U.S. citizens.

The Zoot Suit riots were vivid incidents of racial violence against Latinos, Mexican-Americans in LA in 1943. Naval servicemen stationed in a Latino neighborhood conflicted with youth in the dense neighborhood. Frequent confrontations between small groups and individuals had intensified into several days of non-stop rioting. Large mobs of servicemen would enter civilian quarters looking to attack Mexican American youths, some of whom were wearing zoot suits, a distinctive exaggerated fashion popular among that group. The disturbances continued unchecked, and even assisted, by the local police for several days before base commanders declared downtown LA and Mexican American neighborhoods off-limits to servicemen.

Many public institutions, businesses, and homeowners associations had official policies to exclude Mexican Americans. School children of Mexican American descent were subject to racial segregation in the public school system. In many counties, Mexican Americans were excluded from serving as jurors in court cases, especially in those that involved a Mexican American defendant. In many areas across the Southwest, they lived in separate residential areas, due to laws and real estate company policies. During the 1960s, Mexican American youth formed the Chicano Civil Rights Movement.

The 1879 Constitution of the State of California prohibited the employment of Chinese people by state and local governments, as well as by businesses that were incorporated in California. Also, the 1879 California constitution delegated power to local governments of California to remove Chinese people from within their borders. The Chinese Exclusion Act banning the immigration of Chinese laborers was enacted on the national level in 1882. Several massacres of Chinese people, including the Rock Springs massacre of 1885 and the Hells Canyon massacre of 1887 further exemplified deep American racist animus against Chinese people.

Some folks are not cut out for cooling tempers, reconciling differences, or healing open wounds and are not intelligent enough to realize that many people in The United States of America either came from another nation or are living on land which was once stolen from native AmericansSo why would anyone wish to openly predict national carnage?