The issue of "the color line" remains so volatile because systemic, internalized, and interpersonal racism is still incredibly real on a local, state, federal, and international level. In the U.S., for example, racism is a major problem that has led to immense pain and suffering of people of color. From...
The issue of "the color line" remains so volatile because systemic, internalized, and interpersonal racism is still incredibly real on a local, state, federal, and international level. In the U.S., for example, racism is a major problem that has led to immense pain and suffering of people of color. From police brutality, mass incarceration, discrimination on an everyday occurrence, discrimination in hiring and housing, the school-to-prison pipeline, and mis/under representation in the media (literature, movies, shows, news, etc), people of color are systematically discriminated against. On a global scale, nations occupied by mostly people of color are still enduring the effects of ongoing colonization, as their homelands are treated as areas to be controlled and resources to be extracted for the benefit of the Global North. Workers in the Global South are forced into slave-like conditions and paid horrific sweatshop wages for the benefit of the Global North.
Authors, such as Michelle Alexander, have powerfully demonstrated the oppression that black people continue to face in this country. As another example, in 2017, in Charlottesville, Va hundreds of openly identified white supremacists marched on the streets, beating people of color, and even shooting at a black person in the middle of the march. James Field, an openly identified white supremacist, chose to run his car into a crowd of anti-racist marchers, killing one woman and hospitalizing and permanently disabling many more.
Farm workers in the U.S., who are often people of color, work in dangerous and tedious jobs for minuscule pay and often suffer abuses at the hands of the company boss. in Immokalee, Florida, hundreds of farm workers (almost all of whom are people of color) have been literally forced into slavery at the hands of white farm owners. In several separate cases on different farms, farm workers were physically abused, sexually abused, not paid, and not allowed to leave the owners' farms. The situation had been ongoing for years and eventually some farm workers banded together in 1993 to form the Coalition of Immokalee Farm Workers to bring a number of convictions of slave labor against the owners.
An issue as intense and deeply unjust as racism will continue to be volatile as long as it exists and continues to impact the lives of people of color.