Week 4 Activity Post

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/05/magazine/americas-postracial-fantasy.html?_r=0

For the week 4 activity post, I chose a news article by Anna Holmes called ‘America’s Postracial fantasy’ published in New York Times in June 30, 2015. In the article, the writer talked about a lot of concepts such as racial identities, biracial problems, and how people see them in general etc.

In the first few paragraphs, she briefly described how the kids descending from two or more racial have problems while identifying themselves to the outside world. For example, Asian-American kids often describe themselves as White as they have more common with whites than Asians. But does everyone accept them that way? The children from Black-White parents also face the same questions; and for a lot of them the words ‘multiracial’ and ‘biracial’ feel inappropriate and insufficient.

Eight years ago, when the country had its first black president in history, a lot of people saw that as a positive change as having a nation free from bigotry and prejudices. But the idea of a post-racial society has been around from 1970 when the government hoped that the racial concerns would be replaced by other issues, but it didn’t really happen. Most of the time, post-racial are being understood as post-black; and it often seems as a white attempt to free themselves from the burden of a history of slavery and segregation. But the reality is, the black people who are white enough to seem familiar and the black people who’re darker, do not get the same treatment always. So the so-called ‘postracial’ ideology to Mr. Obama was not because he’s black, but mainly for his white ancestry. And the multiracial or biracial children get treated by how they look and what people assume about them; exampling how Rachel Dolezal could masquerade herself as ‘black’ by showing fake blackness.

 

One thought on “Week 4 Activity Post

  1. Noushin,
    I read the article that you choose for this activity post, and I think this is a very good choice and good article to read. This article helps the readers to know clearly about different concepts of racial identities, biracial problems and etc. Those concepts could help us know more profound meaning of racial problems. Post-racial is also an important theme of this article. It’s true that “the idea of a post-racial society has been around from 1970 when the government hoped that the racial concerns would be replaced by other issues, but it didn’t really happen”. There may have some voices that America has been the post-racial society, but the reality is colored people may still do not achieve all the equal treatments in their life. Obama also admitted in a speech in 2013 that “It doesn’t mean that we’re in a post-racial society. It doesn’t mean that racism is eliminated”. Racism is still existing in the society and all aspects of strengths need to do something to help solving those problems. I think you made a very good choice of the article and you did a very good job in analyzing.

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