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Let Us Name the System: "Racial Capitalism"

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If you've been watching mainstream TV news programs lately, you've probably noticed that a number of corporate journalists - prodded by the marvelous protests against police violence - seem to have learned a new phrase, which they invoke regularly: "systemic racism."

That's an improvement from a dozen years ago, when some in establishment media were hailing our society as "post-racial" because of the election of President Obama.

While anti-racist activists have been explaining for decades that the problem of racism goes beyond the bigoted attitudes of individual elected officials (like Rep. Steve King) or law enforcement chiefs (like Sheriff Joe Arpaio) or Fox News hosts (take your pick), mainstream TV news has always preferred to focus on individual racists rather than address the systemic racism embedded in housing, policing, schooling, employment and healthcare policies - institutionalized racism going back to the foundations of our country.

So it's oddly disconcerting nowadays to hear regular mentions of the phrase "systemic racism" from mainstream journalists who adamantly refuse to criticize (or even name) the system that U.S. racism is entrenched in. That system is "CAPITALISM."

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Jeff Cohen was director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, where he was an associate professor of journalism. He founded the progressive media watch group FAIR.org in 1986.

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