“Columbia University professor of history Eric Foner puts it this way: ‘To understand race in America, you must go beyond race. Racism is deeply embedded in American society. It has been from the beginning. And it’s still out here in many institutions and encounters. What we are seeing today is the long-term consequences of the successes and failures of the civil rights revolution and the economic changes that have occurred in this country in the last generation or two.’ It’s been said that you can’t know where you’re going unless you understand where you’ve been. So I have turned to historians to talk about how we got to this place. Foner’s analysis is uncomplicated. ‘It wasn’t the fault of the civil rights revolution,’ says Foner. ‘It achieved an enormous amount, but it ran up against resistance also in many areas. That’s where the anger is coming from, especially among young people who are tired of waiting, which you can hardly blame them for.'”

The oppressed cannot be blamed at all, especially if the oppressor is engaging in crimes against humanity to keep the group oppressed.

Source: Sylvester Monroe. “I’ve Been Reporting On Race For 40 Years. Can We Ever Fix What’s Broken?” The Washington Post. October 20, 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/ive-been-reporting-on-race-for-40-years-can-we-ever-fix-whats-broken/2016/10/19/f49e9d2e-867d-11e6-a3ef-f35afb41797f_story.html.

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