By John J. Parker
To start on a bit of a personal note, I’m writing this because I’m angry. I was recently subjected to a mandatory course on “diversity and inclusion”, and my proverbial hackles have been raised. My intelligence, morality, dignity, and agency have been insulted with propagandistic nonsense. While yelling at the source of the instruction is not a real option, writing down exactly what I think and why I think it certainly is. Despite my indignation, I assure you, this piece will not rest its case on emotion. The claim I’m making is twofold: Systemic racism does not exist in America, but the notion of its existence is very real and very dangerous.
As per our usual arrangement, I’ll begin by defining terms. As I’m sure you’re aware, the political left in America semantically overloads words and terms to muddy definitions, giving them an edge through fallacious Motte and Bailey argumentation. Black Lives Matter, for example, means much more than its literal definition. Any attack on the ideology behind it can be waved away with said literal definition, while the ideology continues to be promoted. Therefore, I am going to pin down the exact definition of the term “systemic racism” that I’m using for the sake of this article. Systemic racism as used here is defined as any official policy, law, or mandate within America’s government or major institutions that targets members of a certain race due to their race. Any form of racism not meeting this definition is not systemic. If you disagree with this definition feel free to hash it out in the comments, but it is this definition that I will be relying on for the rest of this article, so keep that in mind.
The most obvious (and strongest argument) against the existence of systemic racism is the Civil Rights Act of 1964, along with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. For tho