Apologies if you feel this an ignorant question, but I intend it sincerely. And I’m a little embarrassed to be asking hte questing.
I recently had a discussion w/ someone who questioned how much ongoing racism existed in the US. They responded that many of the examples I cited (wealth/income disparity, lack or representation at high levels of govt/business/schools, disenfranchisement, etc) were potentially indicative of “black culture” as opposed to the results of institutional racism. And they maintained that sufficient resources exist for any individual to obtain the necessary education to raise themselves out of their condition.
I note that this person was not a Trumpist, and is pretty liberal on most social issues.
I firmly believe that considerable racism is pervasive throughout many aspects of the US, but was a little discouraged at my inability to form a more airtight argument in support of my position. I was hoping you might be able to help me out should a similar situation reoccur. Or - if you believe racism IS NOT the cause of such disparities as I cited, please feel free to convince me of that.