by Ronny Hu, Student Reporter from the University of Southern California
Racism is nothing new to Philadelphia. Growing up in Philadelphia, even actor Will Smith was called the n-word by local police more than ten times. He shared this experience with Podcast host Angela Rye on the show.
Recently, Philadelphia Chief Inspector Anthony Boyle was fired amid a racial discrimination federal lawsuit.
Anyone can be a victim of racism, and the remedy is to end racism in all its forms.
In Philadelphia schools, upcoming solutions include providing anti-racism training to employees, rewriting history textbooks, and scrutinizing admission policies. These solutions seek to systematically end racism. However, state and national solutions are yet to be implemented.
A solution to end racism beyond schools requires communities and experts to be innovative. Singer Beyoncé’s innovative solution was to publish a Directory of Black Owned Businesses. The directory assists customers who are interested in supporting the Black community economically.
This is a good example of an innovative solution to end racism. Tell us about your innovative solution to end racism.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,” said Nelson Mandela, first black president of South Africa.