11.18.2008

"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.

*sigh*

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.