Cennamology Chief Editor
Many in this country believe that a discussion about racism is a waste of time because it was put to rest in 1964. Colleges and universities have been integrated. We drink from the same water fountains. We even have a black president.
What is wrong with this notion is that it is a narrow view of racism that leads people to consider it a problem only in its extreme manifestations. When we think of racism, we think of slavery, segregation, the Ku Klux Klan, and the recent Charleston massacre. When viewing racism only through this lens, it is understandable why one would think that it is not a rampant problem in this country. However, focusing on some of the smallest and easily-overlooked details of society will lead to a new understanding of the broader definition of racism.
One of these details is the location of lottery ticket vendors around Baltimore. I first noticed this when I was grocery shopping at Northeast Market and saw at least three places in the building that sold lottery tickets. It is just as easy to find lottery tickets in Northeast Market as it is to find bread and cheese. I have also noticed that the light rail station at BWI Airport has a lottery ticket vending machine right next to where you pay the rail fare.