Over Christmas, I spent some time at home, visiting my parents, friends, and other members of my family. Where I'm from, it's not at all odd to encounter open and overt racism on a daily basis. What was unusual about my Sunday, though, was that I ran into two different expressions of racism by two people of different generations, both visiting my parents' home. It didn't surprise me and I wouldn't say that it opened my eyes. It did, however, make me think that human racism has taken on a "friendlier", socially appropriate face. And that led me to think that we've created systems - especially within the justice system - that mirror our own beliefs and desires. Institutional racism today comes with a neutral face but does its work behind the scenes, just as human racism has "developed" enough to try and hide itself from overt manifestations.
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