Racism is not a Recipe
Racism is not a recipe. No matter the ingredients, the style or method of preparation nor the instruction or formula that is followed, the end product will produce the same results. To elaborate, racism is not a recipe; it is a system, a carefully structured systemic set of processes that coerce and establish a way of thinking, a culture that unfortunately in many cases have become the foundation of platforms, businesses, institutions and nations. Racism is not a recipe. Racism is a kitchen that produces poisonous products. No matter if it’s apple pie or shakshouka, just as the ingredients are important to a dish we need to examine and understand the instruments used to make that dish. We may find that some kitchens need to be closed and condemned. Others may simply not be kosher. In some cases we may conclude that building our own kitchen is the best way to insure the dishes we prepare are suitable.
Within an environment of prejudice and improper education, racism can be instilled, established and proliferated. Careful analysis of inner city Black American neighborhoods along with all of American society must be performed to gain an understand of resources; how they are distributed and for what reasons, economics; why and how does poverty exist in the United States, social construction and engineering: how did the environmental variables within inner city Black American neighborhoods come into existence and power: how will residents of inner city neighborhoods convert energy to power and take ownership of their living environments and form communities.
It is with careful analysis we ascertain true and proper understanding of our environments and of people. With proper understanding and education we can develop strategies, lay blueprints for institutions and design infrastructure for Black Americans.
From a Black American inner-city resident’s point of view, we already live in a segmented United States. Lines have been drawn between certain sets of demographics. These lines while not physically visible to all are in place just as the intangible lines drawn out on maps and globe exist that represent man made borders of land on our planet. The existence of such lines begs the question, “Who has drawn these lines in the first place?” and why.
As we all live in various geographic areas, our precincts, wards, zones, quarters, etc are sometimes subject to legitimate redistricting. However there are other times when areas in which we live are electorally carved up and in some cases gerrymandered i.e. illegally divided by particular groups and political parties to establish partisan power in a region. Just as armies and weapons of war are used to divide and control the land of our planet into sections for the purpose of profiteering and greed, policies and politicians are dividing states, cities and counties into sections for the purpose acquiring power and proliferating greed.
This has a direct effect on inner city Black American neighborhoods. The effects are manifested through public school systems and the improper educating of students, property taxes and a disproportionate ratio of home owners to renters as well as zoning, policing, public policy and the governance of citizens.
For many Black Americans, inner city Black American neighborhoods represent the “Front Line” of a war.