Institutionalizing Racism, by Robert Geraci
The result of the entire institutional racism charge is that what will become institutionalized and accepted is a level of less achievement by blacks in all aspects of life including but not limited to academics, crime and social behaviors; and ultimately this lowering of standards will permeate all of society, not just those who are black.
Every single less than perfect or at least passing grade on a test or grading in general in school, every disciplinary act by a school or a teacher towards a student, every single look by a teacher at a student that can be interpreted as displeasure at the student’s behavior, every act by the police against what appears to be a violation of some law by a person, every single initiative by a black person in the corporate and business world that is not advanced by the organization, every single instance of non-participation by blacks in any activity such as visiting nature centers or other recreational activities pursued by whites, every roster in a work environment that doesn’t have a certain number of blacks employed, every store employee that doesn’t smile at a black customer - all these and more will be easily charged as a result of racism and not at all having anything thing to do with individual culpability or choice.
The end result will be an acceptance of a level of achievement that is less than what it has been in civil society as well as a misinterpretation of individual choices in what people do (some people regardless of color don’t enjoy walking in the woods for example).
It is a legitimate question to ask whether those who are championing the above are actually asking that blacks be held to a different standard than whites and if that is the case, then are they also saying that blacks are unable to advance without such passes? When cops avoid doing routine speeding checks when the driver is black so as to avoid the charge of racism or it potentially escalating into a dangerous confrontation, when schools look the other way when there are violations of normal behavior by students so as to avoid the charge of being racist, when a teacher passes a student who clearly did not achieve the academic requirements so as to avoid being labeled a racist, when a person is hired because he or she is black but who is not as job-related qualified as other candidates - all of those people got a pass and will advance through life under standards that are less appropriate than what otherwise would be accepted in society.
But it is not just the individual who moves ahead or operates in society within a different set of accepted parameters that is the problem (e.g. black drivers can speed without worry), but all of society is degraded by accepting a lessening of standards. Is it not legitimate to ask whether the level of quality in any and all fields will be maintained as high as they could or need to be, whether it be medicine, engineering, teaching, flying a commercial airplane, or any other activity that people do in a society? What would the champions above say to this concern? Undoubtedly the concern itself would be considered racist.