Vile racism is alive and well in every region of the United States. What are you doing to end it?


Recent headlines have been full of discussions of Iowa Rep. Steve King, his racist remarks, and his white supremacist history, as if he’s the only Republican to hold these views. The truth is that the entire party has a racism problem. From my perspective as a 71-year-old black woman in America, any Republican who continues to support the white supremacist-in-chief who sits in the oval office is part and parcel of the problem, as are all those who gleefully voted for them in the last election. I’m enraged when people act as if overt racism is something new, when I’ve had to live with it every damn day of my life, as did my parents, and those black ancestors who were here before them. I lived though the vile reign of Dixiecrats, and watched them morph into the modern day Southern Strategy Republican Klan. Donald Trump is a true son of his racist father. He learned racism at his daddy’s knee in Queens, New York, not Mississippi.

Far too often, I see racism attributed to only certain parts of the U.S.—the South, or the Corn Belt—as if it doesn’t pervade every part of our nation.

For weeks now, I’ve been haunted by the face of a young high school student who lives in the county below mine in New York state.

Her name is N'Senga Kinzonzi. What happened to her isn’t an incident that ended in death, or miscarriage of justice in the courtroom. She wasn’t beaten, or raped, or wrongfully kicked out of school.

She was targeted and threatened by another student. A white student. A young person. Far too often, I am told that racism is the purview of the old. Sadly, it is getting passed on to the younger generation.

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