Call for Action for Racism and Democracy

The democracy that we know today has been the same since the beginning of time. Our nation and government were built on white supremacy and racial hierarchy, it’s even more evident today than ever before. It continues to define, exclude, and disenfranchise people on the basis of race, ethnicity, and immigration status in order to give more power to the white-supremacists. 

The key speakers all had different perspectives from each of their respective and notable fields. From Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker, sociology professor Jessie Daniels, co-director of SONG Mary Hooks, and commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Bitta Mostofi, along with the audience that night, we can all agree that racism existed way back in history, even before the rise of our democracy as it is known today. Our “democracy”, at the moment, is disintegrating and on the verge of self-destruction because it was built on the unstable foundations of slavery, racism, immigration, systematic discrimination, and white supremacy. 

It is now more than ever before, for everyone including immigrants, people in marginalized communities, people of color, people from all walks of life, and people young and old, to stand together to fight against racialized capitalism and web-based weapons that Hooks and Daniels mentioned, respectively. 

The most important part that I took from this event is that change starts within ourselves. We have to broaden our circle, allowing ourselves to open up to others who are different from us; this will help to create a ripple effect of diversity, change, sympathy, and understanding towards one another. We have to take it upon ourselves to inform more people around us about what is happening within our society today. We also have to encourage them to take a stand and voice their opinions, whether it’s through campaigns, marches, voting, or attending an arousing event such as this one.

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  1. I could not agree more when you stated that “democracy that we know today has been the same since the beginning of time”. Although changes have been made and social norms have turned overt racism to covert. The foundation of racism and democracy, which was built upon it, had proceeded with the same core, just different phenotypic outlook. Starting with change within ourselves, as you stated is one, if not the most crucial role in combating racism. It’s our decisions that mold us into who we are, and if we change our decisions, we would see the world through a different spectrum. For life habits are developed on nature and nurture factors that mold us into who we are, and our social circles reinforces those habits.

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