Despite all protests, mobilization, or civil actions in pursuit of a better system for all free of racism and social inequality. Evidently, things might not necessarily change. Sure, they will be some measures here and there. But, fundamentally, people shouldn’t expect any major systemic change.
No major change since 1865
People of color need to understand, the real change would manifest only if they comprehend what is at stake. That is because the only major systematic change people of color have experienced was the abolition of slavery by Abraham Lincoln on February 1, 1865.
Passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified on December 6, 1865, the 13th amendment abolished slavery in the United States. The 13th amendment, which formally abolished slavery in the United States, passed the Senate on April 8, 1864, and the House on January 31, 1865.
Since then, they have been notable strikes for example we elected the first black president in history. Yet, not significant enough to steer deep generational transformation at least for the majority.
No power, no change
Two decisive actions need to be taken to ultimately deal with racial inequality and racism.
The power of your vote
The use of the most important power granted by the constitution is the ability to express either your contentment or the fact that you are disfranchised. In every election, take action irrespective of the election’s scope. If people of color political impact resonates loud enough in various aspects of our political sphere, things would eventually change.
“For this Nation to remain true to its principles, we cannot allow any American’s vote to be denied, diluted, or defiled. The right to vote is the crown jewel of American liberties, and we will not see its luster diminished.”
The power of your pocket
Fundamentally, the economic impact of people of color is an essential component of the puzzle. After all, what was the main reason behind slavery? Striving to become an economic powerhouse with a significant contribution to our economy is the key factor behind any systemic change.
It is an article of the American faith that, with education and hard work, all of us have the opportunity to build a better life than was available to our parents. However, many African-Americans today remain situated in communities with the lowest prospects for upward mobility.
Sure, a lot has been done, but people of color have yet to reach that critical mass. The biggest burden relies deeply on their ability to mentor, coach, and support their fellows.
Social injustice, racial inequality, and economic disenfranchisement are complex issues. Addressing those depends on how well people of color integrates into the economic and the political sphere. People of color at least for now have yet to reach that critical mass on both sides of the coin.