The Engineering of Racism

The Engineering of Racism

Samuel Belsham Moki, PhD


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Racism and white supremacy have survived in the United States for a very long time because from the onset, it was based on sound 'engineering.' The book contends that racism is not a belief, practice, or ideology that flared up by accident or through the spur of the moment. Rather, it followed sound engineering stages like planning, design, and construction. Racism was designed to serve a domineering purpose for white people and, therefore, there was a lot of planning that eventually led to its design and construction. Because the architects had a vision of its permanency, they chose the most durable materials for its construction. Metaphorically, they used mortar, bricks, and steel beams. These durable materials, among others, include religion, science, government (including the Supreme Court), the constitution and laws, brutality, and social media. As the centuries rolled by, succeeding architects of this design and construction have done a superb job in maintenance and modifications to elude stumbling blocks. Based on the times and prevailing winds, the racism construct has undergone mutations to evade capture and destruction - even to this day. Like a car, the engineering and engineers have evolved, the models and make are changing, but the underlying engineering remains intact. Today, the overt, brash, and brutal racism has generally ceded to an equally destructive, calculated, politically-correct, less pompous, highly sophisticated, and veiled racism. The book dissects this durable foundational construct and proffers recommendations that will systematically minimize its intensity.


Samuel Belsham Moki, PhD:
Dr. Moki earned a Ph.D. in political science with a minor in public administration in 2002 from Howard University in Washington, D.C. For over 17 years, he has taught political science, public administration, African American Studies, African American History, and civil rights classes at several universities in the Washington, D.C. area. His academic experience is complemented with over seven years of senior management experience as the associate director for the Environmental and Sustainability Services Division with Prince George's County Government, Maryland. Dr. Moki has written a book, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles.