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Roots vs. symptoms of systemic racism 

Systemic racism from businesses, schools, and police has always been problematic. Change won't occur unless we unabashedly attack the root sources. The reverberations are substantially felt. Minorities are victimized in these situations; still, a larger portion of the victimization is given to white antagonists. They mostly equate their acts of racism with fear and ignorance. Symptomatic fixes usually consist of apologies, suspensions, expulsions, terminations, rare arrests, or explanations. The system itself makes acts of racism excusable and seem like harmless mistakes in an enabling culture. Drastic actions will be fraught with backlash from a populace still clinging on to archaic laws.

Here are excuses and plausible ways to solve this issue:

Unknowingly performing a racist act: Hence, we need education that espouses cultural acceptance, such as mandatory ethnic studies in learning institutions.

Actions that are permissible due to the First and Second Amendments: The practice of archaic laws lacking relevancy in a diverse culture struggling to find equality needs to be addressed. If the First Amendment is to continually dissolve in the face of racism, then it needs to be rewritten. It should clearly state that it's against the conveyance of racial communication that incites violence and intimidation. The Second Amendment needs to be abolished altogether because it makes it legal to kill in the name of racism.

It's time to shift the cultural course toward acceptance and equality. Dealing with systemic racism by attacking the roots is the answer, not just "fixing" the symptoms on an irregular basis.

Ramon Aguilar

Arroyo Grande

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