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America: Post-Racial, Multiracial, Mixed Racial, Racist…

“Post-racial America.” I’m wondering if someone makes money every time someone in the news media uses that term. Is it copyrighted? Because honestly, if it is…cha-ching! 

You know how I feel about “post-racial America.” We’ve come a long way, baby, but we still have a long way to go. But enough about me. Let Melissa Harris-Lacewell tell you why “Racial progress is far from finished”.
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3 thoughts on “America: Post-Racial, Multiracial, Mixed Racial, Racist…

  1. I think we have a lot of work to do – the bigger cultural “we” but then all the little individual “I's” in there too, one of whom is me.

    I just read Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail for the first time this week. I'm still chewing on it. I'd never read any of his writings before, just heard his recorded speeches. I felt like there were some profoundly humbling truths in his words, even now.

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  2. Excellent article. Thanks for sharing this with us. I think Harris-Lacewell summed it all up with this statement: “To be born black in America is still a tremendous disadvantage compared with being born white in this country.” This is true in so many aspects of my life on a daily basis. While I do not live that statement and worry about it, there are experiences that I have where that statement is highlighted and I am reminded that if it were not for my skin color whatever the situation was that happened, would not have happened to me.
    Unfortunately, in spite of Obama winning the election, there are still hidden bits of discrimination that lurk inside and outside our political system. It exists in the work place which I've noticed more often than not, it exists in random social interactions, it exits even within the black community which is far from “post-racial” itself(that is a completely separate issue). We've got a long way to go. Electing Obama is a start, BUT we have to figure out what the next steps are, not to becoming post-racial (because I think that is total bull), but to becoming a society that is more harmonious and respectful of cultural/ethnic/racial differences, and recognizes the beauty of what we all have to offer to this country.

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  3. I'm not sure how anyone living and interacting with other people today would think we are 'post racial'–certainly our society is not 'post racist.' Hopefull we are present-discussion–having individual, people to people dialogues everyday.

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