You said to @Cassie :
To be taken as credible, you should probably read a 312-page book on the subject, as well as the supporting scholarship, regarding the effects mass incarceration have had on Black people. (I can suggest one to you, if you need me to do so.)
Doing so might challenge your conclusions and thinking, and raise the quality of your arguments.
Is this a credible statement?
In other words, given the body of your words, should people take what you say about racism seriously? (By this, I mean people who 1) aren’t white, or 2) those who are sympathetic to the experiences of non-white people.)
Enough white people practice white supremacy for it to a) exist, and b) be effective.
You claim to have data about the actual numbers of white people who are engaged in this practice. You imply it is a minority of white people.
But you have not said why, if this is so, the majority of white people, who, by you, do not practice white supremacy, do not do something to end it.
In other words, if racism is a sport engaged in by a minority of white people, why don’t the majority of white people stop it?
Why don’t they say, “Oh, no: Race is a terrible blight on our nation. It has cursed us for centuries. It has retarded the development of fellow Americans; millions of them. We do not agree, and we will not tolerate you in our midst any longer”?
Why don’t you, oh majority, do that?
You’d do that, if you found that the same number—whatever you imagine it is—of white people were aligned with ISIS, and planning terrorist acts against U.S. citizens, wouldn’t you?
So, if, as you say, racism is not “the underlying motivation or issue of all or even a majority of white individuals,” why don’t those for whom it is not do something about those for whom it is, the way you would about Islamic fundamentalist terrorism?
I loved the way that Heidi Beirich, of the Southern Poverty Law Center, answered this question: “The difference between a radical Islamic attack and a white supremacist attack is this: White supremacy is an indigenous ideology in the United States.”