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Will Systemic Racism End This Year?

Will Systemic Racism End This Year?

Will Systemic Racism End This Year?

My colleagues and I have said on numerous occasions that we look forward to losing our jobs. We dream about the day when we’ll finally close our offices. We do not want our organization, the Canadian Center for Bio-Ethical Reform to exist forever. We want to become unemployed.

We love our jobs. We are passionate about what we do. And we’re grateful people choose to donate to fund our salaries. Their financial sacrifices encourage us to maintain our love and commitment to pro-life advocacy. I love my job. I’m grateful that I get to play a role within the pro-life movement in Canada.

But in some ways, I hate my job too. I hate that my job exists. I hate that we live in a time when people like me need to work full-time to convince people not to kill their babies. And that’s why we want to lose our jobs. We want to lose our jobs after we win. We want to lose our jobs after we make Canada a pro-life nation. We want to lose our jobs after we make abortion unthinkable and illegal.

I don’t know what year that will be. But when abortion finally becomes illegal, we’ll say systemic discrimination against pre-born babies is over.

Pro-life advocates have a clear answer to when our fight will be over. But when I ask social justice activists when their fight against systemic racism will be over, they cannot give me a clear answer.

This is primarily for two connecting reasons. Many social justice groups have successfully exploited past injustices to maintain their careers. And they’ve managed to do so by habitually moving their arbitrary definition of oppression.

Like big corporations who reinvent themselvescreating new products to maintain business, social justice organizations reinvent themselves—creating new oppressions to maintain business. And for that reason, the demand for systemic racism is too high to close business.

Jussie Smollett staged the attack against him because he understood it was lucrative for his career. Politicians exacerbate racial issues because they know it’s profitable for their careers.

And this demand for perceived racism is why the definition for systemic racism has shifted from discriminatory laws and policies to uncomfortable disparities between Black people and White people.

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 And it’s clever: since disparities are inevitable, that makes perceived discrimination inevitable too, which ultimately makes social justice groups necessary.

Therefore, there is no end in sight for “systemic racism”. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement abolished systemic racism against Black Americans when they compelled the American government to remove racist, Jim Crow laws from the American political system. But that fact is too inconvenient for those who make a career from the high demand for systemic racism. So will “systemic racism” end in 2020? No, it won’t. And I am not convinced that it will end in 2120 either. Because I agree with Booker T Washington’s words from 1911:

“There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

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