From what I understand of your point with regard to racism, it seems that futility, though the least desired option is becoming the most prevalent.
Given the notion that everything surrounding us was built on the toil of our forefathers both slaves and their masters and that this leaves an accrued debt of sin weighted on their children and the children’s children of those and so on.
How does one go about paying this debt? What would it take today, right now, in order for that debt to be paid?
Treating people as equals despite their religion, color, creed, gender, nationality, etc would at some point have been enough to eradicate that debt, but we seem to be beyond that as it is the most basic principle of recognizing someone’s humanity.
What would it take now to pay that debt? Would children of racism really be content being treated as equals without any reparations for having to work twice as hard to receive that which another was given at birth?
Or in other words and for example: Does acknowledging white privilege to those wronged by it sound like an apology or a soft-brag?
Or in other, other words what would it take to for those sins of our forefathers, children of slaves and masters of those children of slaves to live in peace with each other.
The answer seems to be found in either more suffering at the hands of a greater, nonhuman oppressor or 40 plus years of wandering in abject destitute that brings us all together on the same page. We int the western world seem to be at the cusp of such a decision. Will we succumb to a greater master, a world run almost entirely by AI devoid of humanity, leaving us as spectators striving for something to do? Or do we succumb to the caprice of wars grown from terrorism and the unrecognized plights of the suffering masses?
To be free from the burden of such sins and the accrued interest of their repercussions, we are gazing at the most intractably difficult np problem or society has faced — finding a solution then incorporating it while those who acknowledge and refuse to acknowledge the sins of their fathers un/wittingly participate.
Let us not forget the cash crops of Egypt were blighted with plagues and succumb to eventual ruin.
Given the afore mentioned, I say futility seems to be the most prescient choice. That seems to be where humanity and life finds a way — when we are forced to do so.
The world was always held together with nothing more than string and effort so those of us without the knowledge or strength to build may have a bridge to walk upon.
I believe that too is an acknowledgement of our forefathers.
Thanks for the proactive piece Yonatan Zunger