Yes, I would also say it's a bit of both. Also, the way black people are portrayed in movies and series probably influence people's understanding and view of them.
If only people would factor in the possibility of reincarnation! They could've been white or black in a past life! That could perhaps change their perspective. But I'd say that yeah, perhaps life is a bit more challenging for blacks and other minorities, and I think the way forward would be to adjust and double the efforts if needed. That doesn't mean however that white people are never in a situation where they have to work double as hard to get where they want. I think any successful person (of any color) has worked hard to get where they are - with psychopaths as an exception! I think that ultimately everyone has their own challenges to overcome.
Maybe the key is to have an open mind to opportunities and possibilities rather than minorities to think 'Oh, this probably won't go well, because... [ethnicity/skin color]' or 'Oh no, this person definitely doesn't like me because [ethnicity/skin color], so I just won't talk to her much' (while the person may just have a bad week due to personal problems). So, it's important, as you also said, to notice how much the MSM, and people themselves, contribute to the division between black and white people (besides other factors).
Hopefully, the PTB won't succeed in their divide & conquer agenda, and everyone will see where the real danger lies!
Oh yes media portrayal definitely has an influence. There is a specific image that the media - TV, movies, books, music, celebrity culture, political discourse - projects of black. That we are thugs, uneducated, quick to anger, disorderly and not hard-working. Actually, one time I remember reading a thread about someone who was wondering why certain race are heavily represented in some type of protest and not in others. He admitted that he generally felt black people were lazy and I think perhaps not that knowledgeable. That was interesting to see how easily a specific image can stick in someone's mind. Actually, the whole thing can be very insidious, for example have you noticed how many black entertainers (Beyonce, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B and pretty much every rapper) who are quite influential in the wider world only reinforce a specific image of black people (uneducated, materialistic and extremely sexual)? Anyway, I think the media's influence is especially significant when you factor in the fact that black people are minority. They represent about 10% of the population in the US. In the UK, I think it must be about 2%. Plus, a lot of black people live in big cities and generally in specific neighbourhood. Therefore, you have a vast swatch of white who have never interacted with black people or have very little experience with them. Their only real knowledge of them is through the media. It's very easy to build a specific image in your head and it's very hard to destroy it. Well, yes definitely, there are white people that do work hard, very hard.
"But I'd say that yeah, perhaps life is a bit more challenging for blacks and other minorities, and I think the way forward would be to adjust and double the efforts if needed."
I honestly do not know any black people or other minorities who isn't aware of this and who hasn't been told by their parents since they were kids that if they wanted to succeed they had to work twice as hard as white people. That's funny that you mention this because I've noticed that it's one of those you shouldn't say in polite society or else you get scoffed or you get comments with all sort of rationalisation. Now, there are lazy/ not efficient black people who still manage to land good jobs -- but they are dime in a dozen. There are always exception, but by and large, where a white person could get away with being good, a minority (or black person) would have to be excellent to get the same recognition. Essentially, it's not that white people don't work hard, but if a minority wants to get the same cake, they got to work harder, be more impeccable. I can see how what I'm saying can be perceived as me playing victim though. So, I don't know if you'll agree with me on that one.
Maybe the key is to have an open mind to opportunities and possibilities rather than minorities to think 'Oh, this probably won't go well, because... [ethnicity/skin color]' or 'Oh no, this person definitely doesn't like me because [ethnicity/skin color], so I just won't talk to her much' (while the person may just have a bad week due to personal problems).
I don't know...I just don't think things are that simple. This feels a bit like me saying "Oh if only white people could stop judging people by their appearance or speech and give them a chance". If you're white and you had a bad experience with a black person or several you would be likely end up preferring avoiding black people all together because you want to avoid pain. The same applies if the race are reversed. Furthermore, your negative experience would make you more sensitive to bad things committed by this group. Then, if you have other members of your race who tell you "Oh I can related. I've add the exact same experience." In the end, are you likely to be open-minded and judge people by their individuality? Nope.
There are other elements to take into consideration. Look at how many cases of police brutality, racial profiling and random act of racism there has been promoted on the news lately? Again it isn't conducive to trust. The thing with these cases is that it makes you remember that you're a minority in a largely white society. As always due to personality type, some may keep an open mind, but most will be resentful and distrustful. Furthermore due to social media, you have access to the views of tons and tons of people, view that may disappoint you or make you wonder the kind of people you're surrounded by. Things are just very complex.
Also, if I'm being honest, twenty years ago, racism was way worse. Like it was ok not to pay a non-white worker the same as a white worker (happened to my dad). I think there was a time, minorities simply weren't truly expecting or hoped to be treated on equal term with white people. Things have changed. Many feel that things should be better. We're supposed to be in an egalitarian society, you see.
"Hopefully, the PTB won't succeed in their divide & conquer agenda, and everyone will see where the real danger lies!"
It is my hope as well, but I'm not particularly confident. The US is one hell of an extreme country. You know all this talk about PTB and divide & conquer, it's fine and all, but how much can it mean to those in black ghettos in the US who have first hand experience of racial profiling or/and police brutality? But, in the US you have people in coffee shop (Starbuck), universities (student thought to not be a student), retail stores (teenagers accused of stealing) and what not calling the police on black people without even attempting to engage with them. What I'm trying to say is that it's difficult for people not to be wrapped up in specific ways of thinking. It's also very hard because you get a lot of "oh if black people only followed the rules...", type of comments from white people which are just hurtful. And that's also why you have people like Ta-nesi Coastes who are very popular. On this note, on Twitter I have found a lot of black activists, but there's probably only one whose mindset on race and racism is closest to mine. Some of those black intellectuals who preach for less identity politics generally do so because of fear of tribalism (there are few of those intellectual anyway). However, they are unable to see how deep the manipulation goes. The activists and the rest of the intellectual are very quick to talk about institutional/systematic racism when it comes to the police or society (even those that are anti Killary and democratic party). And I see where they're come from. I can also see how keeping on talking about society in such terms will lead us.