The Washington Monthly talks about the lingering effects of slavery and the effects that has on racism and thus the socio-economic position of blacks in the US. There being the one rather important thing we might want to say about this:
To many liberals, these inequities are the obvious legacy of slavery and decades of legalized discrimination, such as under Jim Crow. The substandard education to which black Americans have been relegated has meant fewer students succeed in school and in the workforce. Segregated housing, too, has left many people living in neighborhoods without access to good jobs, reliable public transportation, or quality health care.
I tend to think that the second one, the housing, is an outcome of the system, not a cause of it. The education part though, yes, that’s a very large part of it. The public school education on offer to a large portion of American blacks is terrible.
And where is this terrible system? It’s in places like Baltimore. The American inner cities. Places that have been run by that unholy alliance between the teachers’ unions and the Democratic Party for the past two and three generations. Note that such places don’t have low budgets – Baltimore regularly lists among the top 10 large educational districts by money per pupil.
So, who is it that is institutionally racist in American society? I think we’d have to say it’s the Democratic Party, wouldn’t we?