Monday, September 7, 2009

Post-Racial?

Webster's defines post as "a prefix meaning 'behind,' 'after,' 'later,' 'sub-sequent to'[...]." Taking this definition as a basis for the term "post-racial," it is clear that America, a nation built by constant racial re-definition and conflict, is far from post racial. In order to put the social construct of race 'behind,' one would have to first disregard social mores that govern the interaction between people and define life in American society. It would be necessary to erase the image of the white economic and educational elite; represented by the Federal Reserve and the Ivy League. To the dismay of those who would claim America as 'post-racial', these symbols of the racially defined status quo continue to form the present.