Recently I came across a Humans of New York post about an elderly black man who talked about how far the issue of racism has come and how proud he is at the change. I tended to think that the older generation were the ones who still saw racism in places where the younger generation might look for another reason. Which has brought me back to the question which generation see racism most prominently? Is it the older generation who saw serious segregation, our parents generation who rose up and started to see true change or is it our generation who doesn’t look at how far we’ve come because we know that we still aren’t there?
Today we have the issue of hidden racism. While no longer legal racism is still in practice every day. It is hidden by saying that it isn’t about race when targeting those below the poverty line, but how can it not be about race when it was the housing laws of the 60’s who put most of them there. People cover it up with things to make themselves feel better so is racism only there if we look for it, or have we been brain washed to give people the benefit of the doubt? In the Cheerio’s commercial that features a bi racial family the black father is sleeping on the couch. Is this a harmless commercial promoting diverse families or is it subliminal racism promoting the stereotype of the lazy black man? Is everything that doesn’t portray minorities in a positive light racist?