The N word is no longer acceptable in civil discourse because it is a racist designation for people who are Black and Brown.
Its relative disappearance reflects a heightened awareness of the insidious impact of racism upon our society. While these are important changes in social discourse, we should not think for a minute that racism is no longer a part of our social fabric especially when it comes to Boston housing.
Dr. Martin Luther King Day
Next week (1/18/21), our nation will observe a holiday in honor of civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King. This day should remind us of the terrible injustices that are part of our nation’s history and the importance of addressing racism in our own day. While racist speech is no longer tolerated, racial injustice continues to be woven throughout the fabric of our society including the Boston real estate market.
The pandemic has thrown this into the spotlight. Black and Brown people have been more severely impacted by Covid-19 than White people. Across the board, Black and Brown people are proportionally more disadvantaged than Whites with regard to housing, employment and education.
This is what is known as systemic racism. We cannot end racism until we come to an understanding of this.
Racism is a sin. It is not the same kind of sin that we commit in our personal lives like lying or stealing. It is a social sin, something that permeates our social structures that is evil, pernicious and has long historical roots. This is why it is referred to as systemic racism, racism that is woven tightly in the very bone and marrow of our republic.
Systemic racism is a social disease and it’s up to all of us to recognize and eliminate it.