Yes. And Toni Morrison warned us about this long ago:
“It’s important, therefore, to know who the real enemy is, and to know the function, the very serious function of racism, which is distraction.
It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language and so you spend 20 years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly so you have scientists working on the fact that it is.
Somebody says that you have no art so you dredge that up. Somebody says that you have no kingdoms and so you dredge that up.
None of that is necessary.
There will always be one more thing.
The strategy is no different than bombing Cambodia to keep the Northern Vietnamese from making their big push. And since not history, not anthropology, not social sciences seem capable in a strong and consistent way to grapple with that problem, it may very well be left to the artists to do it.”