Systemic Racism in a Nutshell


Systemic Racism in a Nutshell

It’s interesting to me that the theory of systemic racism began circulating in 2008 around the same time that Barack Hussain Obama ran for President. Systemic racism is a sociological theory for understanding the role of race and racism in United States society as developed by sociologist Joe Feagin and presented in his book Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, & Future Reparations.

What is also interesting to me is that systemic racism had already been established by members of Congress when the Congressional Black Caucus was formed in the late 1960s with membership restrictive to being a “black member’s only” club. How they were allowed to operate and grow their membership without raising an eyebrow remains a mystery to me.

Feagin used historical evidence and demographic statistics to create a theory that wrongly asserted that the United States was founded in racism because the Constitution classified black people as the property of whites, which he maintains was the legal recognition of slavery is a cornerstone of a racist social system in which resources and rights were and are unjustly given to white people, and unjustly denied black people.

What Feagin has not considered in his vilification of America as a nation built on slavery was the fact that slavery existed prior to and during the forming of this nation or that it existed during his research and exists even today – just not in the United States today.

The Constitution was written based on biblical values and principles and established boundaries as they existed at a time when Americans were establishing their independence from British rule, customs, traditions and slavery (indentured servitude or forced slavery).

According to Feagin, rooted in this foundation of systemic racism today is composed of intersecting, overlapping, and codependent racist institutions, policies, practices, ideas, and behaviors. As such, it is a theory that accounts for individual, institutional, and structural forms of racism.

Feagin credits the development of this theory to influences by other scholars of race, including Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Oliver Cox, Anna Julia Cooper, Kwame Ture, and Frantz Fanon, among others.

(According to Freebase)

The theory of systemic racism, developed by sociologist Joe Feagin, is an important and widely used theory of race and racism that has gained particular traction since the rise of the BlackLivesMatter movement.


It is no surprise that as president, Barack Obama was intrinsically involved in promoting the Black Lives Matter leadership with frequent meetings in the Oval Office at the White House.

Also no surprise is that as senator, Barack Obama was a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and either influenced or was influenced by the racial climate of this very racist congressionally sponsored and funded organization that has openly opposed every republican president starting with Richard Nixon who refused to recognize them as a legitimate entity, meet with them or submit to their demands.

The very “in your face” resistance to Donald Trump stemmed directly from the Congressional Black Caucus whose members made it a point to use every photo opportunity to resist his administration and his policies as they supported and rode the coattails of the Black Lives Matter movement. The only real systemic racism that I see actively operating in America is that of the Congressional Black Caucus. – I am the Real Truckmaster!


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