"The Bargainer's Ploy of a Post-Racial Society"

Thoughts on the election from Shelby Steele.
When whites -- especially today's younger generation -- proudly support Obama for his post-racialism, they unwittingly embrace race as their primary motivation. They think and act racially, not post-racially. The point is that a post-racial society is a bargainer's ploy: It seduces whites with a vision of their racial innocence precisely to coerce them into acting out of a racial motivation. A real post-racialist could not be bargained with and would not care about displaying or documenting his racial innocence. Such a person would evaluate Obama politically rather than culturally. 

1 comment:

ChristineTheBean said...

Amen! If Obama were white, would he have been elected? Would he have been so popular, and widely accepted?

Honestly: I don't think so.

We vote for the black man so that we can be seen as a post-racial country... How racist is that? "Oh, I didn't vote for McCain because he's white, and Obama's black." That's basically what's being said.


The day that there are two people of color running for office and no one is saying, "My goodness! A Mexican for President! Wouldn't that be swell?" ... that's the day we'll be done with racism completely.