Parker, C., & Ming, M. (2015, September 8). When Moderate Conservatives Stay Silent, Racism Thrives. Retrieved November 22, 2015, from http://www.newsweek.com/when-moderate-conservatives-stay-silent-racism-thrives-369838
This article focuses on race issues happening today. Americans perceptions of racial progress has drastically decreased in the last year. Situations happening around the US like the Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and the massacre of nine black church members in Charleston, SC have caused for people to loose support of a post-racial society. “Both whites and blacks have exhibited increasingly negative views on race relations since 2011” (Parker, Ming, 2015). The question this article presents is: “Why does race continue to haunt us, 150 years after the Civil War, 50 years after the landmark civil rights legislation of the mid-1960s and six years into the Obama presidency?”(Parker, Ming, 2015). The article states that combating such injustice will require moderate conservatives to take a bold stand. Moderates must not shrink in the presence of vocal white reactionaries or hide behind lofty color-blind rhetoric.
I chose this source because it ties into the Power + Powerless readings: “What happened in Ferguson?” from the New York Times and “Civil Rights, Vietnam and a decade of protest” from UnderstandingRace.org. The issues that we as a country had many years ago are starting to make a comeback. When those who were powerless fought for power are now starting to be pushed back into being powerless. There have been articles and posts on social media about why is it that they are only posting/standing up for “Black Lives Matter” when it should be “All Lives Matter” and this is true to a point. Because as Martin Luther King said over 50 years ago “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. We have to remember that when things start to become a “race” issue it not only will affect those particular people it will eventually affect us all as a nation. You would think now that we have come so far and fought to overcome these issues that they would be non-existent today but it isn’t and it hasn’t gone away. The race issue in America and the battle of equality is still ongoing.
After reading the power + powerless articles and searching for my own source it has left me with the same question as presented in my sources article. “Why does race continue to haunt us, 150 years after the Civil War, 50 years after the landmark civil rights legislation of the mid-1960s and six years into the Obama presidency?”
Why are we having these same issues as we did so long ago?
What can we do as a nation to help us get equality for all? (as the pledge of allegiance stated: “with liberty and justice for all”)