Still?

The lede of this Connecticut news article starts as follows:

Racism still plays a major role in schools and in the news media, according to research conducted by Hartford teens this summer.

It’s just one little word, but how would that sentence read if you took the adverb out?

Racism plays a major role in schools and in the news media, according to research conducted by Hartford teens this summer.


The first assumes racism exists. The second would be announcing that same racism.  It’s a subtle difference, but makes a difference.  Sure beats “Racism?  Does it affect us?

According to the article, 90 percent of the teens said racism still exists. But according to the article, approximately 85 percent of the teens are African American or Latino. Who would have thunk it?

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