Greg Jayne’s opinion column “Admit it, racism a real problem,” (The Columbian, Feb. 21) correctly points out that systemic racism exists in Clark County, as it does throughout the United States. It also shows that some people, including those in positions of authority, wrongly deny systemic racism’s existence. Could it be they simply misunderstand the term?
Heard the wrong way, “systemic racism” could be taken as purposeful, contemporary racism, although it largely refers to racial biases that, knowingly or unknowingly, have gotten baked into how things are run, over decades. It would not be the first time a highly charged issue has been misconstrued due to its name. “Defund the police” has a similar problem.