French on Structural Racism

David French explains to conservatives why they probably don’t take “structural racism” seriously enough. He says his views changed after adopting a daughter from Ethiopia and witnessing first-hand the racism she endured: the “white woman who demanded that [she]—the only black girl in our neighborhood pool—point out her parents,” a “police officer approached her at a department store and questioned her about who she was with,” the time a young girl said she couldn’t come over because her “dad says it’s dangerous to go black people’s neighborhoods.” And then the racial nationalists went after French. He writes, “It’s hard even to begin to describe all the ramifications of 345 years of legalized oppression and 56 years of contentious change, but we can say two things at once—yes, we have made great strides (and we should acknowledge that fact and remember the men and women who made it possible), but the central and salient consideration of American racial politics shouldn’t center around pride in how far we’ve come, but in humble realization of how much farther we have to go.”

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