Star Tribune startribune.com 10 Jun, 2021 21:30 am

The phrase 'systemic racism' clouds productive debate

The phrase 'systemic racism' clouds productive debate
We have a distorted view of what the disagreements are.

"It's past time for America to discard the left-wing myth of systemic racism," former Vice President Mike Pence said on a recent visit to New Hampshire.Let's discard the phrase "systemic racism" altogether.The people who insist systemic racism is real and the people who deny it exists generally have different things in mind.The second group understands "systemic racism" to mean more than just that the effects of racism pervade our society.

" Harris received some criticism from progressives who took her, and the senator, to be denying the existence of racial injustice.Those who mean to affirm the existence of large-scale racial injustice, such as Harris and Biden, are taken instead to be slandering the country and most of its population.

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