Do you think racism will go away if we just ignore it?

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I'd say no and that's for some very basic reasons; problems don't go away if you just ignore them. For one, the lingering impacts of racial inequality don't go away by telling people to lift themselves up by their own bootstraps. Also, it's easy to think that because we've passed the Civil rights act of 1965 and the Voting Rights act of 1964 that racism no longer exists at a legal level. But here's the problem with this argument is that we already had the Civil Rights Act of 1866 which promised everyone equality before the law (that's why the racial caste system in the south was called "separate but equal") and the 15th amendment guaranteed that no one could be denied the right to vote based on race. Yet we still had a Civil Rights Movement; why? Because while there has been a lot of racial progress, there has also been a lot of racist progress. The fight for equality wasn't a linear progression but an arms race; an act is passed to protect all citizens and a law code is introduced to counter it. The 13th amendment abolished slavery and the pig laws made misdemeanor offenses most often committed by African Americans felonies to be used in the convict leasing system.
Do you think racism will go away if we just ignore it?
The Civil Rights Act is passed to prevent people from being denied employment based on race and the Austerity politics of the Reagan Era prevent the downtrodden from moving up on the societal ladder. So if we pretend racism isn't a problem, it will make it easier to undo the progress toward equality made during the Civil Rights Movement. Also, a claim I hear a lot is that criminal and economic disparities are only as prevalent as they are because "a bunch of SJWs installed a victim complex in minorities". Give me a break, this is just like people in the Jim Crow South saying "our @#$$%&! were happy until those northerners came down and started stirring up trouble".
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