Institutional racism

Apparently, institutional racism thrives in Wilmington, North Carolina, according to a StarNews article by Elizabeth Montgomery. (Link below) The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) promotes the idea. Organizers created “a safe space for open dialogue” about race. They want to raise “awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism.”

This once benign Christian-service organization seems to have been taken over by cultural Marxists with the mission to create racial tensions. (Link below)

Not surprising, no actual evidence of racial discrimination was offered at the Wilmington event—at least none was reported in the StarNews. Yet, unfounded statements were reported:

People don’t talk about Wilmington’s reality. It looks one way but it’s totally different. (What do you mean by that?  What is ‘institutional and structural’ racism?)

Racism still exists in our community. (Where and how is that happening?)

We’re living at a time now where we seem to have taken great steps backward. (Explain what that means. Haven’t black people’s lives improved in all aspects during the past half century? If not, what do you think is responsible for ‘steps backward’?)

The StarNews reporter didn’t challenge the people who made these groundless comments to back them up with specific cases of where and how the presumed “racism” occurs.

I was surprised, however, to learn that racism may lurk in the Wilmington city council and at the New Hanover County Sheriff’s department. Mayor Saffo and a chief deputy representing the department attended the “Stand Against Racism” event. The mayor and sheriff pledged to “be vessels in opposition of discrimination.” I didn’t realize that they had been unopposed to racial discrimination.

Actually, the most racist institution in this area is the university. UNC-Wilmington promotes racism in the administration, the curricula and within the student body. Diversity offices, race-oriented “studies” and racially separate student organizations are integral to the mission of the university.

No UNC representative was reported in attendance at the Stand Against Racism event.



About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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