Yeah, that's right. There's no systemic racism in America and never has been. 🤦‍♀️

"Why does the Twin Cities have especially deep racial problems? The region is in many ways a microcosm of the country, albeit a more extreme one. Decades of government policy and private-sector decisions have given benefits to white families that black families haven’t received. A new article by John Eligon and Julie Bosman goes into more detail

When the region built an interstate highway in the 1950s, it spared white neighborhoods but tore up a black neighborhood, in the eastern part of the Rondo area in St. Paul, that was “rich with institutions, like churches, social centers, and clubs,” as Quartz reported.

Working-class white families were able to buy their first homes in the mid-20th century — and start building wealth — with help from federal loan programs that excluded black families, as Richard Rothstein explains in his book “The Color of Law.” More recently, banks have been more likely to turn down black loan applicants, Myers found, even after controlling for income and credit risk.

Consider this recent stat: About 76 percent of Twin Cities households headed by a white person own their home, compared with 24 percent of black households.

“We so want to believe we are not racist,” Doug Hartmann, chairman of the University of Minnesota sociology department, has told The Star Tribune, “we don’t even see the way that race still matters.”

If you look at the rest of that statistic, this is what you’ll see:

Interracial homicides have reached levels not seen since president Barack Obama first took office, when rates began a period of steady decline, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Most notably, white-on-black killings spiked by 22.5 percent between 2014 and 2015 after years of mostly trending downward. Killings of whites by African Americans increased by 12.2 percent, while black-on-black and white-on-white killings increased only slightly — by just 7.9 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively — between 2014 and 2015, after mostly falling since 2008.

In other words, in the increases in interracial homicides, whites have escalated at twice the rate of blacks. And what percentage of those crimes have nothing to do with a racial motivation? Unless you put that statistic in context, it’s meaningless.

There’s zero peace, love, or logic in anything you’ve said. It’s a tribal marker and a particularly lame one at that.

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