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by Hannah Leitheiser


American Dialogue: The Founders and Us

Joseph J. Ellis




"Many whites regard the term structural racism as a euphemism for welfare programs they are suppose to fund. Many blacks regard the term law and order as a euphemism for state sponsored terrorism." - Joseph J. Ellis, American Dialogue: The Founders and Us (2018OCT16)

In the first part of America's history, Ellis says the race[ism] card was played face-up -- overt. The eventual enforcement of legal equality and changing social climate forces most to turn over the race card, supporting systems with racist effects on average rather than racist systems. Enforcement that sends a larger proportion of blacks to prison, for example, can be explained as fair. Black people commit more crimes.

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