Watch: The Moment A Group Of White People Finally Get Why Black People Cannot Be Racist (VIDEO)

White people love to talk about reverse-racism, the myth that black people are racist against white people. It’s a false argument which is almost always used to imply that either “both sides do it,” or equally as common, “it’s the blacks who are racist against us.”

In this video, Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Portland State University School of Social Work, Dr. Joy DeGruy destroys the reverse-racism myth in under five minutes. The video was recorded in London in 2008.

During the lecture, DeGruy addresses a crowd of mainly white faces.

The first thing she does is assess their underlying beliefs about racism and reverse-racism.

The second thing she does is destroy the illusion of black people as “racist.”

As the audience noted, racism negatively impacts the lives of the community it targets. To say that white people “suffer” from black racism is beyond ridiculous. White people hold all the cards in American society.

Here’s a list of things controlled by white people in the United States:

  1. Wealth96.2 percent of the rich are white. Only 1.4 percent of the nation’s top earners are black, although black people account for 14 percent of the U.S. population.
  2. Power: The population of white people in the U.S. currently stands at about 60 percent of the population. Yet 90 percent of government is controlled by white people. Additionally, more than 65 percent of government offices are held by white men, in spite of the fact that they account for just 35 percent of the population. (In light of the Citizen’s United ruling, it should not be too hard for anyone to see how wealth equals power in the U.S.)
  3. Business: Nearly 85 percent of all businesses in the United States are owned by white people. Minorities, who comprise nearly 40 percent of the population, own just over 15 percent of American companies. The fact that whites control the overwhelming majority of businesses in the U.S. means they also control the vast majority of employment opportunities.
  4. Management: Nearly 90 percent of upper level management and executive level positions are occupied by white people.
  5. Jobs: Since white people control a majority of U.S. businesses, and occupy about 90 percent of management positions within those businesses, it’s clear they also control the majority of available jobs. This explains why the unemployment rate for black people is double the unemployment rate of white people. As we learned from this University of Chicago study, discrimination is real. America’s white employers are far more likely to contact applicants with white sounding names, regardless of qualifications.
  6. Wages: White employers and managers not only decide who gets hired, they also control how much money each employee is paid. This explains why the median income of whites is 17 times higher than the median income of blacks.
  7. Education: Racial disparities run through every level of the U.S. education system, from preschool to college. Whether you are looking at the racial make-up of local public school boards, school administration and school teachers, or the disparity in funding between K-12 schools with a primarily black student body and those with a primarily white student body, the cards are stacked against African American children before they even reach kindergarten. Disparities in the primary education system ensure that the number of minority students who graduate from high school is well below the number of white students who receive a high school diploma.
  8. Higher Education: As of 2016, the average cost for a year of college has reached well over $30,000 for in state students. Interest on a new, government-backed student loan can range from 4.29 percent to as much as 6.84 percent, depending on the type of loan applied for. A four-year degree can now cost as much as $334,000, according to a January article published by Forbes. Those minority students who are able to pursue a college degree find themselves in an environment where they are severely underrepresented. As of 2007, Black people held less than five percent of all full-time college faculty positions within the country’s leading colleges and universities.
  9. Criminal Justice System: Disparities within the criminal justice system are enormous. In a country where more than 80 percent of the police force is white, 95 percent of prosecutors are white, nearly 90 percent of lawyers are white and the overwhelming majority of judges are also white, we should not be at all surprised that the current system criminalizes black people. Black drivers are 31 percent more likely to be stopped by police than white drivers. They are also more likely to be given no explanation for the stop. Once pulled over, black and Hispanic drivers are more than twice as likely to be searched. More than 99 percent of police departments in the U.S. arrest more black people than white, in spite of the fact that blacks account for just 14 percent of the population. More than 70 percent of U.S. law enforcement agencies arrest blacks at a rate that is more than ten times the arrest rate for white people. According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission in the federal system, black offenders receive sentences that are 10 percent longer than white offenders for the same crimes. The Sentencing Project reports that African Americans are 21 percent more likely to receive mandatory-minimum sentences than white defendants and are 20 percent more like to be sentenced to prison. This helps explain why nearly 60 percent of the prison population in the U.S. made up of minority groups.

The next time you encounter someone who tells you that “racism works both ways,” show them these facts and ask them how black racism has negatively impacted their lives.

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Posted by Powerful Black Stories. By Heru G. Duenas on Monday, October 19, 2015