Is There Any Such Thing as a ‘Post-Racial’ America?

Is There Any Such Thing as a ‘Post-Racial’ America?

“Dear America,

Please, I beg you, stop using the bankrupt and meaningless term “post-racial!” There’s no such thing as “post-racial.” There’s no place that fits the description “post-racial America.” There’s no “post-racial era.” It’s a term for a concept that does not exist. There’s no there there.

We are not a nation devoid of racial discrimination nor are we a nation where race does not matter. Race and racism are still critical factors in determining what happens and who gets ahead in America. The election of Barack Obama ushered in this silly term and now that he’s begun running for re-election, I’m here to brusquely escort it out of the party called American English because it’s a con man of a term, selling you a concept that doesn’t exist.”

This is the opening for an op-ed written by writer Toure today on the New York Times “Campaign Stops” blog. Toure goes on to say that the term post-racial is a “mythical idea” that will “pervert and distort the discussion of race…” in this country.

Read the complete New York Times op-ed by Toure here.

What do you think?