Let’s move it through the government. Why are there not concerted government sponsored programs to combat racism like there has been to reduce drinking and driving, or smoking?

You’re talking about ad campaigns? That would be fine with me, if we think they would work. I think the anti-smoking campaigns have been relatively successful.

Let’s push it through media. There is still a HUGE discrepancies with the number of POC in Hollywood, on TV, on news programs, in journalism. And it’s NOT bc POC don’t want the jobs.

True, and the obstacle there is education.

82–91 % of homicides are by people the same colour as the victim. Yet major news agencies focus on interracial crimes at least 60% of the time.

I don’t know the stats on that, but experience gives me no reason to doubt them.

But one person at a time is a good way to start. For one thing, most people are not going to even see themselves as acting or thinking racist unless, as you do with the judges, it is pointed out to them individually.

Yes, but with the judges, I’m using data. There’s no much conscious racism left in the US, so whether or not a person does or says something racist is a subjective assessment rather than an objective one. I have my doubts that pointing something out on a subjective matter is particularly effective, broadly speaking.

It’s probably been a good two decades at least since I’ve noticed anything or heard anything in my workplaces that was clearly racist. Maybe that’s just a function of where I’ve been working (large, household name tech companies) where HR has zero tolerance for racism, and everyone knows it. So, there’s that as well.

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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