What Is the Human Cost of Racism?

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

I’m joining the folks listed above to guest-blog over at Talking Points Memo’s TPMCafe this week about race, politics, and Obama’s speech.

My latest post is titled What Is the Human Cost of Racism? Here’s an excerpt:

We can (and should) talk all day long about employment discrimination, racial disparities in sentencing, redlining, disproportionate healthcare, voter suppression, segregation in public schools, the prison-industrial complex, and more.

But by solely discussing racism in such aggregate and abstract terms, I worry that we will lose sight of the real reason all of this matters. Racism is a problem not merely because it represents some abstract sense of societal injustice. It’s a problem because of the hurt, pain, anger, and suffering it causes to individual human beings.