Thinking Americans might rightly ask: Why are we so hyper focused on anti-racism right now? Deadly serious. Because the actual evidence is that America, in 2020, is not only the least racist that it has ever been in our history, but it is almost assuredly the least racist nation ever. Yes, ever.
It’s actually pretty easy to demonstrate this. The fact that throngs in the streets and online do not know it, see it, or are not willing to listen to it, suggests that none of this is about black lives mattering or anti-racism, in the same way that Antifa is not about opposing fascists.
Without cobbling together a labyrinth of underlying conspiracies, here are the base elements to demonstrate conclusively the lack of racism in America. Perceptions of racism against black Americans are real, but actual racism? Virtually non-existent and getting ever better.
Here we go.
I’ve mentioned this before in a video, but our progress over time, from our founding in 1776 until May 2020 is undeniably one of ever increasing freedoms and equality.
1776 — Freedom from a distant tyrant king, representative government by and for the people. So we moved from being colonies under the heel of an empire to being a free people, with one giant exception.
1865 — End of slavery, freedom for all blacks in the South. This horrifically bloody struggle corrected the exception from 1776 that all the American people were free.
1964 — Equality for blacks under all of the laws, the end of Jim Crow. This was the final step in eradicating the exception issue from 1776. Now every American was required to be treated equally under the law.
2008 — Election of the first black president, and reelection in 2012. With all of the laws fixed, this seemed like the final cultural hurdle — electing a black president. This was the first time in the history of the world that a nation chose for it’s leader someone from a small, once-persecuted minority. This was new in history in so many ways and the opposite of what a systemically racist country would do.
There is simply no way to look at these pinnacles of historic points and not see that the trendline in America has been toward ever increasing equality and ever declining racism — both under the law and culturally.
Where to start? In addition to electing a black president, twice, the United States has had black Supreme Court justices, black U.S. Senators and members of Congress, black governors of states, black mayors of cities and black titans of business.
A black American, Gen. Colin Powell, once headed the world’s most powerful military. Black Americans are among the world’s most famous personalities, and some black Americans have achieved status among the world’s richest people such as billionaire investor Robert F. Smith, and billionaire IT service provider David Steward, billionaire entertainer and author Oprah Winfrey — three of five black American billionaires.
In overall terms of financial success, black Americans lag behind Asian, white and Hispanic Americans, in that order. However, compared to the rest of the world, if all of the earnings and expenditures of black Americans were totalled up, they would rank in the top 20 richest nations on earth, according to black George Mason economist Walter Williams. It’s a funky measurement, because they are a subset of the United States, but it’s worth noting.
According to the 2019 Multicultural Economy Report from the University of Georgia:
“African-American buying power has seen impressive gains since the end of the last economic downturn, jumping from $961 billion in 2010 to an estimated $1.3 trillion in 2018. Since 2000, the African-American market has seen a 114 percent increase in buying power.”
The report attributes this jump to a surge in black-owned businesses, increased education and a growing population. For instance, the percentage of African-Americans who completed college continues to rise, from 17 percent in 2000 to 23 percent in 2017.
Ongoing, systemic, oppressive racism simply could not exist in the same country as all of these successes.
I wrote about this key point in 2017 in a Revolutionary Act article titled America is Not Racist, According to Millions of Eager African Immigrants. The thrust of the piece was that if we count people voting with their feet, America is pretty welcoming to blacks — rather the opposite of racist.
“…maybe the best measure of where America really stands in the world comes from the choices of black African immigrants. Native Sub-Saharan Africans, by their actions of free movement, seem to have judged that America is not racist — or is perhaps the least racist country in the world offering the greatest opportunities.
“This conclusion stems from one breathtaking fact: America is the most popular immigration destination for Africans. More than European nations, than Asia nations, than South American nations. More than any other country in the world. It’s not even close. Further, America is becoming geometrically more popular with black Africans every decade.”
A New York Times story in 2014 outlined this phenomena as a demographic shift without acknowledging, or maybe even recognizing, the broader implications. Within the story was this astounding number comparison:
“Between 2000 and 2010, the number of legal black African immigrants in the United States about doubled, to around one million. During that single decade, according to the most reliable estimates, more black Africans arrived in this country on their own than were imported directly to North America during the more than three centuries of the slave trade.”
A Washington Post story in 2013 revealed that America was one of the least racist countries in the world when measured by people saying who they would want as neighbors. Americans were more comfortable with neighbors from other races than almost any other country in the world.
The arc of American history continues to bend toward freedom and equality (at least it did until May 2020.) And the stats on American attitudes toward interracial marriages and mixed race neighborhoods, combined with America being the choice of black immigrants from Africa, all add up to there being very strong evidence that America is the least racist country on earth and becoming more so all the time.
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