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By now most of you have heard about the horrific event that took place at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina. On Wednesday evening a white male attended a bible study at the church. After an hour or so he began shooting attendees. Nine believers lost their lives including the pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney. This is yet another example of how racism still exists in our society. Racism as displayed by this demented young man is a rarity. However, by no means is racism extinct. It is alive and well and seen mostly in the fabric of American systems more so than in individual acts. One clear example of this is in red lining, where minority communities are targeted by insurers and denied loans and insurance based on where they live. Racism can be seen in the very way we fund school districts in America. If schools are funded by property taxes then it stands to reason that poor/minority communities will receive fewer dollars than middle income communities. It certainly doesn't seem fair to the children. I could go on and on talking about systemic racism. The only way to begin healing and eliminating racism is to actually talk about it. One thing that I've noticed is that whites and black don't talk about racism together in a respectful and dignified manner. It appears the only time it comes up is when something like the shooting in Charleston takes place. It's time to stop ignoring the elephant in the room and let's talk!