The article I chose is a New York Times article entitled America’s ‘Postracial’ Fantasy, by Anna Holmes. Holmes talks about personal experiences. One experience she shares in her article is a meal that she attended with friends where she asked the question whether or not her friends considered their children to be biracial. Before the parents could respond the grandmother answered that her grandchildren were white. She goes on to discussing how is can understand what the grandmother said because the boys physical charateristics were brown eyes, olive skin, and brown hair and that these features would be considered the features of a white person.
Later in the article Holmes reveals that she is mixed and that she has always felt the pressure to define her race. Then Holmes introduces the term postracial and it history. Holmes describes postracial more clearly as being post-racist-against-blacks. She explains that blackness is the alternative to –- the ideal—whiteness. Next Holmes states a sentence that I found the most gripping part of the article. She says that,” Sometimes it seems as if the desire for a ‘‘postracial’’ America is an attempt by white people to liberate themselves from the burden of having to deal with that legacy.” I don’t know if it is me being naïve or my lack of knowledge on racial tops and history or my white privilege but I have never thought of the debate of postracial as a way for whites to “put to bed” their historical past. I don’t believe that most white of my generation even think about our ancestors actions. I believe that we acknowledge our racial past but my generation does not tend to dwell on the past.