It’s color, stupid

I have been convinced for years that the essence of racism is quite simple: people hate others because the color of their skin differs from their own. That’s it.

Now my insight is hardly revelatory. But there are armies of individuals who do their best to sugarcoat color aversion. They use “code” language to describe their antipathy toward blacks and browns and just about everyone who doesn’t look like their own mirror image. And huge swaths of the country, including important enclaves like the U.S. Supreme Court, believe, against all evidence to the contrary, that systematic racism no longer exists.

Yet, almost as soon as the Supremes issued their ruling in 2013 repealing major provisions of the Voting Rights Act, southern states, mostly, responded with draconian legislation designed to suppress ballots from people of color. Fortunately, federal courts have vetoed the worst offenders, including North Carolina, Texas, and Scott Walker’s Wisconsin.

But mean white people will not give up their “manifest destiny.” To propel their nefarious cause comes Donald Trump, who aped his father’s discriminatory practices as a real estate mogul. He was only getting started. As a presidential candidate, he has unleashed the feral hounds of racism on the body politic, encouraging all manner of violence against people of color.

Then there are ugly incidents like this. According to the Washington Post, a bi-racial family in Wichita received a letter. It read: “This neighborhood does not need any blacks in it. There is a reason for the saying, ‘The other side of the tracks.’ That is where these people belong. You have done a great disrespect in this neighborhood by not thinking of your neighbors.”

See how far we’ve come?

Over time, numbers will prevail and the tides will reverse. People of color by century’s end will be dictating terms to the white minority.