Still Seeing Color: Post-Racial Sentiment and the Continuing Struggle for Freedom within the African American Community
Arts and Sciences
America is often considered to be a post-racial society where race is no longer a significant contributing factor to a person’s ability to lead a successful life. The 2008 election of Barack Obama has been championed as the official end of widespread racial discrimination, especially for the African American community. Since an African American has been able to ascend to the highest position in American society, many White Americans have erroneously assumed that the success of an individual African American is not hindered by race and that any variation in success between Whites and African Americans is due to personal factors. When analyzing the current socioeconomic, educational, and legal barriers that continue to limit the freedoms of African Americans, it becomes clear that America’s post-racial society has fallen short of its aim to rid the country of racial intolerance and privilege and has perpetuated inequality among African Americans. If African Americans are to achieve the freedom they were promised at the end of the Civil Rights Movement, America must discontinue its push to be a post-racial society.
Chavez, Kelli, "Still Seeing Color: Post-Racial Sentiment and the Continuing Struggle for Freedom within the African American Community" (2015). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 444.