Week 1: Are We Post Racial Yet?


Thank you for taking part in the Race and America’s Future Virtual Book Club. We hope this will be an open, honest, constructive conversation on the challenges and opportunities facing our changing nation.

The book club will be based around the structure of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future, a new book I had the pleasure of writing with Stewart Kwoh and Manuel Pastor. We hope the book will serve as a foundation on which to build a meaningful conversation. (See the full six-week schedule here)

More than anything, though, we want this conversation to be about you — your ideas, your vision, your hope for the future. So, please, watch my short video and read the starter questions.

Then, take to the comments section below, TALK to each other, listen to each other’s stories, learn from each other’s experiences.

(Got questions about how this whole book club thing works? Click here. Weren’t able to get the book? Read an excerpt here)

Today’s starter questions:

Are we post-racial yet? Is “post-racial” even something America should strive for?

In the past year, has America gotten closer to the ideal of racial justice and full inclusion? Or have we slipped further away?

In your work and your day-to-day life, how do you talk about race and racial equity in ways that move both the conversation and policy forward? What are the main challenges you face in this arena?

Please be probing and honest. Enjoy yourself…and I hope we’ll see you back here next week.

–Angela Glover Blackwell

Founder and CEO, PolicyLink

147 Responses to “Week 1: Are We Post Racial Yet?”

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    Is this post racialism narrative sparked by the election of Obama? Affirmative action achievements? Probably so. Well, Obama and affirmative action successes are smokescreens for institutionalized racism. Obama is little more than a black face on empire. Beneficiaries of affirmative action are merely tools of the empire. How can America push its foreign policy disguised as democracy and free trade while keeping blacks in a state of apartheid and powerless at home? They can't, so they began putting a black face on all of their engines of domestic and foriegn control. Thanks to affirmative action we now have black police commissioners, correction officers, Dea, FBI, policemen, Generals, and a black President of the U.S.A. Now when we look at the criminal justice system—police, courts, and prisons– we see a black face in control, which blunts any claim of racism. No, we are not in a post racial society, we've just been bamboozled again, and again. Read Michelle Alexander's book "The New Jim Crow", Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness.

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    In response to the comment that said Obama has the ruling class very afraid, I say no he doesn't. Obama was first selected by the ruling class and then he was elected with their support. All of his foreign policy decisions have been consistant with the interest of the ruling class. Bail outs for the gangster corporations. The continuance of foreign wars and the murder of millions in the interest of the oligarchy, big multinational corporations. His performance has been almost as good as step and fetch it. No, the ruling class got just what it wanted. He avoids our neighborhoods because he knows that we will pounce on him like a wolf on a rabbit. He has shown no love to his base, he doesn't want to identify with us.

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