Are we living in a post-racial and more tolerant society??

I thought we were living in a more accepting and post racial society. At least that’s what is being shoved down our throats by those that want to act like the pain, suffering and bloodshed of the past 400 years have been wiped because of a black president. Perhaps hiding their guilt or just trying to appear like they’ve changed, the “look we now have a black president” is their go to excuse proof of the post-racial society that we now live in.


And then there are those that I actually respect that let you know exactly how they feel about these supposed more tolerant and post racial times, letting us know of their reluctance and sometimes downright refusal to accept and just simply “go along” just to get along.

In one of the most recent cases of the latter, Richard Cohen who in his November 11th Column in the Washington Post entitled “Christies tea-party Problem,” He said that the GOP is begrudgingly embracing some of the country’s cultural shift. He wrote”

“Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all”.

Cohen claims he was expressing the views of some people within the Tea Party and not his own. This isn’t Cohen’s first time being criticized for his comments on race back in July, while writing about the death of Trayvon Martin, he claimed the unarmed teen was “understandably suspected” of being a criminal because he was black. And in 1986, Cohen wrote, “In cities like Washington and New York, the menace comes from young black males. Both blacks and whites believe those young black males are the ones most likely to bop them over the head.”

Whether or not these are in fact Richard Cohen’s personal feelings or if he really was just echoing some tea-party members, thoughts, one thing is for certain; there are those that truly do not like the progress (or lack thereof depending on what side of the fence you are on) that the country is making. I don’t know what the soon to be first lady of New York’s past sexual orientation has to do with anything, but it seems like some people would use anything as ammunition to prove that this country is failing its citizens.

If people have to actually “repress a gag reflex when it comes to interracial dating/marriages than that would give proof that not only is the post-racial society a myth but that we haven’t progressed that much since the Jim Crow era, even with a black President. And that would pull the rug from under those that go to great lengths to pull the wool over our eyes

What do you think? Is there such thing as a post-racial and more tolerant society? Are you even surprised by Richard Cohen’s or the tea-party reluctance to change?

Talk to me, I’ll talk back.

Breazy Rather .

5 thoughts on “Are we living in a post-racial and more tolerant society??

  1. The election of a Black President only brings to the forefront a conversation that has been long hiding behind the closed doors of more american homes than you could possibly imagine. By virtue of his election President Obama has endured what would never have happened to any other president. He has been questioned and required to produce proof of his citizenship. He was publicly grilled about every aspect of his life and criticized for taking vacations.

    All this time what has happened is that the dormancy of racism is now being shown in ways we had not anticipated. We all assumed that interracial marriages and biracial children were changing the face of america. But the only thing that is changing is the amount of corporate greed we are all being exposed to.Never forget that EVERYTHING that has motivated the integration of blacks in america was done so due to economics.

    The Tea Party as well as the GOP have a huge vested interest in BIG business. And BIG BUSINESS does not want to provide the common person with anything that cuts into their continued ability to grow profitability. That is one reason why much of what we purchase is not made here in america.All that aside, their true purpose is to continue to keep blacks where they have always been. Below everyone else including new immigrants.What is different now than in the past is our expectations. We must at this point not disperse but remain connected otherwise they will gain ground on the little we have gained thus far.

    1. I agree with your assessment on Barack Obama’s election bringing to light, long held behind closed doors racism. Which is ironic, we have a black president in a supposed post-racial time and everywhere you look racism is prominently displayed. I wonder is there is a division amongst the Tea party and the GOP between those that want to appear to go along with the times and those that want things to remain the same?

      I also agree with you about corporate greed, the haves don’t want the have nots to be on equal footing, so what they’ll do is give us bread crumbs to pacify us. Once people start realizing that and educate themselves the better off we’ll be, we might not be complete equals but at least we’ll know how to play the game.

      I tell you what kills me, the “others” that come to this country after being force fed the white is right images and think that they are better than the rest of the minorities.

  2. There is no “post racial” period. Look at the world around us – daily we are bombarded with reports of discrimination oh sorry, “racial profiling”. Anyone who believes otherwise really needs to wake up. Black People, stop spending our money in places where it will not benefit us. Stop billboarding for conglomerates that hate us. Stop trying to fit into a world that does not want us. Forge our own way by any means necessary.

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