A Referendum on Race

By Daisy Hernandez Jan 14, 2009

Check out ColorLines.com for new commentary on the bogus claim of a post-racial America by Andrew Grant-Thomas of the Kirwan Institute. Here’s a snippet: The post-racialism claim builds on the all-or-nothing approach Americans often take to making racial judgments. So President Bush’s tepid response to Hurricane Katrina revealed him to be a “racist,” but then his selection of several people of color to prominent cabinet posts proved that he is “not a racist.” Either Obama’s unprecedented achievement affirms what the Wall Street Journal calls the “myth of racism” or it is completely anomalous. Too often, we insist that race mean everything or nothing.