The problem of racism in America is one that has persisted from before the time of slavery. Despite efforts to improve the racial situation, racism endures and continues to be a problem for those who are its target. This persistence is due to its complex nature and to its ability to morph from the blatant form (e.g., Jim Crow racism) to the subtle form that exists today.
Racism is perhaps one of the most complex social problems that Americans struggle with. It manifests itself in the disparities, social injustices, and the discrimination that nonwhite people experience, and it remains a controversial and emotional issue.
The patterns of accusation and denial keep racism in a state of persistence. This perpetual pattern is also facilitated by the failure to acknowledge responsibility for racism. Only when the denial of racism ceases, and responsibility is taken for it, can a genuine effort be made to reconcile the problems that serve as the foundation of institutional racism.
Racism in America provides an understanding of the historical context of racism, how it affects people in society, and a new approach based in spiritual principles for overcoming racism. Unlike other books about racism, Racism in America provides new insight into the origin of racism, its contradictions with cherished American values, its persistence, its impact on people’s lives, and its reconciliation.
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