Further back in this forum we had a long discussion on legacies. It seems some believe the system in place now came about either through osmosis or an outright vacuum. You know, the ones that think black history has no effect on what that legacy is going forward. The ones that believe black folks should just get over their history as if that's going to alter the legacy of America. There is no intelligent discussion to be had with that kind of ignorance. I post this for those that understand history, going forward, has a legacy that affects those that has to live it.
Here's the last paragraph. It would be interesting what the information was leading up to that conclusions, yes? That being the case, I've linked the article as well.
These kinds of racism are sometimes used to justify exclusions that make it harder for black families to close that wealth gap. Sometimes they are used to justify shooting even unarmed African-Americans. And that points to another important reason to understand slavery's legacy. Facing up to the history of what happened to William, and millions of other people, would help us all -- maybe even reviewers at the Economist -- to take seriously the possibility that slavery's legacy is still destroying lives.
Take note of the title of the article as opposed to what the site decided to use as headliner. Interesting how the headliner is used to devalue an article about slave legacy, instead of letting it stand on it's own merit. Even more interesting is how a magazine that has a capitalistic reason to deny the economic legacy of slavery was used to pan this article.
You know what's more interesting than that? This same magazine had to apologize for their criticism after they were challenged.
Do you see it? It's right there. This is a classic example of the cultural conditioning of institutional racism that undervalues, underestimates, and marginalizes anything having to do with black history and black people. As always, I'll give time to anyone who can give me a different explanation for that headliner. http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/07/opinion/baptist-slavery-book-panned-economist-review/index.html?hpt=hp_t3