Fixing Racism by Being Racist?

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Racism is, by one definition, “A belief that race is a fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” History is replete with societies and cultures signing on to such thinking. Hitler was obsessed with “racial purity” and the superiority of the Germanic or Aryan “master race” and sought to exterminate those who were not blond, blue-eyed, and tall. In contrast, Martin Luther King, Jr dreamed of a colorblind society, “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” President Joe Biden praised MLK as one his “only two political heroes,” the other being Robert F Kennedy. Rather than praising MLK, Vice President Kamala Harris plagiarized a story shared by MLK, in keeping with the long history of plagiarism by her boss. Yet these two are presiding over and encouraging the exact opposite of MLK’s dream, where people are now judged solely by the color of their skin (or gender) rather than the content of their character. Here are several recent examples.

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