Structural Racism

Racism that has been deliberately built into systems that govern and organize our lives including education, courts, laws, constitution, law enforcement, etc. that deprives and inhibits the progress of Black Americans from colonization to present day.

This was the central theme of White Rage, that describes the numerous and horriffic acts taken at every level of society to enforce slavery, inhibit freedom, and systemically undermine progress of Black people even after events like the Emancipation Proclamation, passing of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments, and Brown v. Board of Education.

Conventional ways people (and law enforcement) use to spot a liar is pseudoscience. Research studies have found that markers like fidgeting, looking away, and emotional response are not science-based and no better than guessing. This is problematic in the justice system and other law enforcement like the TSA because they are convicting people based on appearance of guilt that is baseless.

COVID-19

I’ve now written 1,000 notes since May 25, 2020 in my Zettelkasten. You can see my reflections on writing 500 notes and here are my thoughts since then.

A non-fiction book by Carol Anderson that describes the structural racism of the United States.

Public data from San Francisco revealed disturbing statistics about buildings and homes that show how difficult it is to create new housing. 54% of homes inn SF are in buildings that would be illegal to build today and 34% of buildings would be illegal.