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“People’s favorite argument against the existence of systemic racism or the need to fight against systemic racism—is the fact that successful black people exist.  They’ll say, “Look, if you just pull yourself up by your own bootstraps and work hard, you can succeed. If you don’t succeed, it’s just because you’re lazy.’ […] It occurs to me that’s like saying that there was no need to fight for emancipation or the abolition of slavery because some slaves were able to earn enough money to buy their freedom, or [they] successfully escaped to free states. Systemic oppression continues to affect the black community as a whole in many devastating ways. In everything from healthcare to education, to voting rights, to home ownership. And you want to tell us we shouldn’t fight against injustice because of a few success stories?”

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