Sidney “Sid” Lerner ‘53, alumnus of Syracuse University and benefactor of the Maxwell School’s Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, has passed away. During his career, the legendary advertising executive represented such well-known brands as Maxwell House and Texaco, and…
‘Racism and the Fallacy of a Few Bad Apples’
Danielle Smith is a professor of African American studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Renée Crown University Honors Program.
“We are witnesses of the monumental transition from the American narrative of individual racism, perpetrated by a few rotten apples in the barrel, such that the majority are good apples, to growing acknowledgement of a framework of systemic racism against Blacks,” Smith writes for Syracuse.com.
“To rectify our societal ills, we must acknowledge their existence. We must move away from the fallacy of a few bad apples to acknowledge systemic discrimination from grade school to the university; within healthcare, the economy and the criminal justice system; and within mundane, quotidian activities.”
To read her commentary in full, visit Syracuse.com.
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