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Post-racial

So, thank goodness we live in post-racial America. I mean, that’s what I’ve been hearing, ever since Obama’s election, on the news, in the blogosphere, on the street: we’re totally post-racial. This makes me proud to be an American.

Today, I woke up feeling all post-racial, which is a really god feeling. I mean, when you hear on the radio that frat boys at UC San Diego posted a Facebook invitation to a ghetto-themed party, mocking Black History Month, called “Compton Cookout, ” or when your friend tells you about those U. of Missouri students getting busted for distributing cotton balls in front of the school’s Black Culture Center, or the elementary school teachers in L.A. who gave the kids posters of O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and Ru Paul to carry in the Black History Month parade, even when you hear this stuff, you can think, yeah, but we’re post-racial, which is comforting to know. I mean, what if, say, we we were still whatever we were before we were post-racial (racial? Pre-racial?) then things would probably be a lot worse. You’d maybe even see, I don’t know, heck, people comparing the first lady to a chimpanzee or something! But, yeah, like that would ever happen in these fab, post-racial times.

Comments

10 Responses
  1. Wendy McPhee says:

    You are so post-racial!!!! Love the comments.

  2. Pat says:

    Too true.

    I will say, though, in my experiences around the globe, I’ve found that the U.S. could even be seen as progressive when it comes to racial issues. Even New Zealand (it’s Kiwi-Maori relations withstanding) had a startingly-racist instance that’s stayed with me ever since. I don’t want to generalize, but there’s something to be said for the ideal we hold here. The ideal, anyway.

    A melting pot’s bound to have its burns, but there’s no excuse for that kind of stuff. No excuse.

  3. Steff35400 says:

    Geez, what a world!!! I wonder how it could be if they were racists…. Post-racial, my @$$!!! (forget my french)
    And i was thinking french were really post-racial… Well, here the first lady (Carla B.-S.) is also compared to an animal, Mantis religiosa (European Mantis), but actually i think it fits her nicely (what a shame, betwen a ridiculous prez and a first lady who posed naked!).

  4. Scot Colford says:

    What’s wrong with carrying a poster of RuPaul? She’s pretty. 😉

    As always, I am so glad you are as cool as I thought you would be.

  5. Eric Garcia says:

    I totally agree jessica, but I do agree what is considered post racial? These are topics always discussed in my school…and sometimes I voice it isn’t a problem anymore, but idk if I should take that approach. I voice to put efforts into other civil rights issues affecting people and social problems like homlessness, abuse, ect. But I do hope we are post-racial and continue to move foward. Good topic.

  6. Carolyn Wilken says:

    Take a look at the video of the Olympic athletes ‘on parade’. The US contingency is a great example of diversity. Compare US to other countries and see the differences! In the South I don’t think we are all that ‘post-racial’…check again in another 100 years.

  7. Sofia Geier says:

    Melting pot we ain’t, Pat. Former NYC Mayor Dinkins once called us a “beautiful mosaic,” although through my own observation, it seems most sub-groups (Chinese-American, Latina/Latino-American, Greek-American [my peeps]), aspire to be the THE SUN with the rest of us cast as tiny stars twinkling irrelevantly in the far distance, lol.

  8. Lloyd says:

    Well Jessica, this was written before the tea party protested about the health care passing the other day; there were lots of racial epithets that were geared at black lawmakers, and a homophobic statement that was directed towards barney frank. It goes to show that there are still some people who are clueless, ignorant and who just don’t get it.

  9. suzanne says:

    “Post-racial” my ass. How ’bout all these Tea Partiers and Republicans spitting on and cursing at our elected officials for voting for Health Reform? Really? You SPIT ON and yelled derogatory racist epithets at civil rights heroes?? THAT’S who you are? You yell out homophobic slurs at congresspeople who are fighting against all the hatred and death threats to win the average American health coverage? Who ARE these people and what neanderthal rock did they just crawl out from under? And don’t get me started on “Re-load Palin”! Post-racial? Not by a long shot. In 2010 there are people who hate so much, they’re throwing rocks thru windows, making death threats against official’s children, and urging others to “clean” and “reload” their rifles. The 1960’s are here again my friends, and it’s because for one shining moment, we had hope that our country had moved past this ugliness, and that we could, once again, set an example of equality and human rights for all.

  10. Jessica Harper says:

    Right on, sister!

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