In the Advocate today, Cal Thomas, a conservative Op Ed writer, wrote on systemic racism.

Second only to his fixation on “climate change” is President Biden’s focus on “systemic racism.” In addition to reinstating mandatory race theory training for federal employees, Mr. Biden proposes spending even more money we don’t have to fix a problem beyond the government’s reach. As with original sin, curing racism is best solved internally. It is a matter of the heart. If racism is systemic, meaning it is embedded in White people, how is it possible to eliminate it? Do those on the receiving end of discrimination have a role to play? This is a question Democrats never address. If spending money is the key to limiting racism, more progress should have been made by now.

Washington Times

This is a topic that is charged. It is something that is real. It is something that, far from only being in people, is found in our laws, documents and regulations. It is in banks, hospitals and sports. Despite the far extent of systemic racism I feel we have made progress. Laws have been changed and we have seen less in the younger generations. In people it will require more time as many are raised that way and will raise their children that way.

In none of these pronouncements by Mr. Biden and the civil rights establishment does one hear about the personal responsibility of those who have the opportunity — if they make the right decisions, regardless of circumstances — to improve their lives.

I find it interesting that Cal Thomas writes these words as he supported Mr. Trump and the MAGA crowd which displayed racist actions and was also supported by white supremacist groups. As he castigates Mr. Biden, I only have to look at the composition of each presidents cabinets to see a marked difference which notes change.

The best approach to eliminating, or at least reducing racism is success. Telling stories and modeling those who have overcome hardships is better than singing, “We Shall Overcome Some Day.” Following Jesse Jackson’s advice to those schoolchildren can improve any life.

I can agree with Cal Thomas here and I think we are. Opposite the Thomas piece was one by Edward Pratt where he talks about visiting his teacher who lived in a far better neighborhood.

This is a topic that should be in the forefront of all we do and it is the responsibility of all of us to work to remove systemic racism from our lives and work.

Headshot of Cal Thomas
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