Almost every piece of work or literature that I've read on racism is built on one assumption: that it cannot end.
Or at best, that it will be a "lifelong fight." That ending racism will be something that "will probably never happen in our generation."
Most of the quotes you hear about the fight against racism sound something like this:
"We used to say that ours is not the struggle of one day, one week, or one year. Ours is not the struggle of one judicial appointment or presidential term. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part."
~ John Lewis, late civil rights leader and former U.S. Representative
But, if we all continue to say, "racism is something that can never end in our generation." Then who the hell ever gets to take responsibility for ending it?
We still have a dream. But we are the vessel for the dreams our ancestors were unable to dream.
The current work and research...