Denial

Screen Shot 2017-04-27 at 1.16.46 PMI recently watched a Fox News video, a segment called FOX Faceoff featuring the host Matt Patrick and guest Quanell X. The topic was the removal of a confederate statues in New Orleans.

Quanell X is a Black activist who said he applauded the city for removing the statue, while Patrick, a white man, wasn’t a fan.

This video made me think about a bigger problem we have, when people deny that racism still exists while they also deny the intensity of our racist past. If people don’t see there is a problem, nothing will ever progress.

In the video, Quanell explains how some former presidents were slave owners and they would rape the slave women, while Patrick  dismissed that as if it wasn’t true. This denial leads to further racism in the country.

Screen Shot 2017-04-27 at 1.16.05 PMThe scary thing is that the racism isn’t blatant anymore; it’s systematic, and institutionalized so that most people don’t even see it.

The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have a problem and we will never solve the problem until America admits it has a problem. This goes deeper than just saying it. Americans must address the past realistically. Do not sugar-coat anything.

Quanell said, “In school, we never taught true history, we were taught the conqueror’s HIS-story.” We were taught what they want us to know and believe, and until true history is taught and the country admits its faults, change will not come.

By Donald Scott

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