Day 132: Institutional Racism At The Local Level

Race and racism are prevalent just as much in our local communities as they are at the national level. A Trump rally occurs every day in American life.

An extreme case of it occurred in my local community. The town of Cheverly, Maryland, which is right next to my home in Hyattsville, was exposed yesterday in an excellent investigative piece by WUSA9 for allowing its police department to foster a hostile work environment. Sexual harassment, racism and retaliation firings were so bad that four former officers sued the department.

Today I went to work in Washington, D.C. where reports of fake ICE posters encouraging individuals to turn in undocumented immigrants were strewn all over a neighborhood in Southwest DC. ICE has denied that they placed the posters up.

In Crofton, Maryland, two teenagers were arrested after hanging a noose from a local middle school roof. This isn’t some silly little prank, it’s a threat to any child of color and harkens back to school desegregation in the 1950’s and 1960’s when students lives were routinely threatened over something as simple as integration.

Hate crimes have spiked since Trump’s election and have tragically resulted in people losing their lives, like the terrible incident in Portland, Oregon a few days ago. One of the men who intervened on behalf of the young girls who were the victims of the crime insisted that the focus remain on them and not look at him as a white savior.

Indeed, that is the correct approach. If only we could be so wise as a country.

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