In 1619, slavery came to America. In December 1865, the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in America. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 2008, America elected the first African-American President with the election of Barack Obama. America has come a long way in the 400 years since 1619. But have we come far enough? Yes, this post is about racism in America. For those of you tired of me writing about racism in America, you can skip over this post if you would like. But I hope you don’t.
When most of us think about racism in America, we think about the days of slavery. We think about the 1960’s and the Civil Rights Movement. A lot of people think racism ended with the passage of the Civil Rights Act. I wish that was the case. Sadly it’s not. In 2019, racism is sadly still alive and well in America. Let’s take a look.
In 2019, hate groups are on the rise in America. The latest report shows there are 1,020 active hate groups in America.
In 2019, some police officers are still stopping African-Americans for simply driving while black.
In 2019, people of color are still followed by some business owners when they enter a store.
In 2019, African-Americans are still held at gunpoint by some white people for simply being black. Even when that African-American is a police officer
In 2019, some white people still call the police on Africa-Americans for simply living life.
So how can we take steps to improve race relations in America? Here are some suggestions.
Do not be afraid to have conversations about racism in America.
Stand Up against racism when you see or hear it. Don’t be Silent.
Make sure your place of worship is having real conversations about race.
Visit and invest in African-American owned businesses.
Know your history. Visit African-American museums and civil rights site.
Pray. Ask God what you can do to help improve race relations in America.
These are just a few suggestions. Feel free to share and implement your own ideas. We have to continue having these conversations. Silence is not an option. At least not for me. ~OC