It’s said that the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States brought questions about race in America to the forefront of political and social discourse in novel ways and the problem about the post-racial era. Post-racial may means that American social and political life has become race-neutral and rejected the discrimination and hierarchy in nation’s history (Weisenfeld, 2012). The argument here that I think is different people argue that whether America is a post- racial society, and most of them argue that America is not a post-racial society. The society and people need the continued attention to how race and racism operate in contemporary life. I think these are the arguments in the post-racial American debate.
Barack Obama expressed that “America is not a post-racial society”. There are still a lot of racial issues in the American society. Obama used the example of Trayvon Martin to help expressing his thoughts. African-Americans had a lot of experiences and history of those kind of issues happen and has not stopped. While, the United States also made a lot of progresses in the racial issues and problems of African-Americans. Just as Obama said “It doesn’t mean that we’re in a post-racial society. It doesn’t mean that racism is eliminated” (Obama, 2013). The fact is the racial problems still exist in the American society, so that America is not a post-racial society. Based on this fact that people need to know, the activities, movements and efforts should then continue to convey to fight for “a more perfect union” of America (Obama, 2013).
Judith Weisenfeld. 2012. “Post-Racial America? The Tangle of Race, Religion, and Citizenship”
President Obama after Trayvon Martin’s death: “America is not a post-racial society”