The Myth of the Post-Racial Society

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Interesting Article by Robert de Neufville over on Big think discussing the Myth of the post racial Society.

"Rather than showing that we have finally gotten beyond race, Obama's election makes it clear that we are still grappling with its role in our society. Indeed, it's precisely because race is still an issue that his election was such an important historic milestone. So we shouldn't take it as license to turn a blind eye to the racial issues in our society. 

………..Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman argue that our reluctance to talk about race only allows the prejudices our kids naturally develop to go unchallenged. Likewise, as adults we shouldn't ignore the very real disparities that remain in the way we see and treat different races. We shouldn't use Obama, as Larry Wilmore jokedon The Daily Show, as "that convenient black friend every white person has to prove they're not racist." While we might like to believe that racial distinctions no longer really matter, pretending we don't see them won't make them go away."

I agree until we can raise issues of race without embarrassment and until old fashioned characterisations and stereotypes stop influencing our workplaces then there is no hope of a post racial society.
I think for a lot of people the election of president Obama was seen as a full stop, as an indication that American society had arrived . That the embarrassing race issue could finally be ignored. 
This doesn’t mean we’ve not made progress it just means we’ve not arrived at the end of our journey.

If we are going to stop racial prejudice then we have to be able to challenge it constructively. To many people black or white, race, disability or sexuality can be the elephant in the room that no one talks about. We have to as Kyra Gaunt would put it “be willing to be offended” if we are going to make real progress in becoming a post racial or post anything society.

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