Analysis of struggle against Racism in the US

In this unit, we will examine the struggle against racism in this country, primarily through the writings of Black activists, from the past Civil Rights Movement and the present Movement for Black Lives. We have two interrelated, primary questions that will guide our inquiry into this topic: i) despite the many accomplishments of past movements against racism, why does racism endure in this society? ii) what will it take for the current struggles to be victorious?

Background

In an article entitled A Testament of Hope, published in Playboy magazine in 1969 after he was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr. writes:

The black revolution is much more than a struggle for the rights of Negroes. It is forcing America to face all its interrelated flaws – racism, poverty, militarism, and materialism. It is exposing the evils that are rooted deeply in the whole structure of our society. It reveals systemic rather than superficial flaws and suggests that radical reconstruction of society itself is the real issue to be faced.

Ideas to Consider

King argues that racism – along with the other interrelated flaws of poverty, militarism, and materialism – is “systemic” and not merely a “superficial flaw.” And further, he argues that because racism is systemic, society must be “radically reconstructed” in order to fully address and eradicate the racism of this society.

The main questions to consider for this essay are:

What does it mean for racism to be systemic?
What needs to be explained to show that racism is systemic?
If racism is systemic to the <link is hidden> what system specifically needs to be “radically reconstructed”?
What would it mean for this system to be radically reconstructed? Or, what would have to be changed in order for a “radical reconstruction” of society to be achieved?
What do you think about all of this? Is a radical reconstruction of society necessary today?
If so, should you take part in a serious effort to achieve this “radical reconstruction?”
Further Clarification

This is a broad topic with wide open space to address the issue.
Your essay must be on the topic of racism in <link is hidden> society, why it endures, and what it would take to eradicate it.
Your essay must make take a position on this topic and argue for it and defend it primarily through textual analysis and evidence.

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