Post-racial America

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Post-racial America is a theoretical environment where the United States is devoid of racial preference, discrimination, and prejudice. Some Americans believed that the election of Barack Obama as President and wider acceptance of interracial marriage signified that the nation had become post-racial[citation needed]. In January 2010 the Pew Research Center conducted a poll in conjunction with National Public Radio that indicated that 39% of persons of African-American descent felt they were in a better position than they had been five years ago, an increase of 19% from the previous poll taken in 2008. [1] University of Melbourne academic Timothy Laurie argues that "post-racial" discourses "displace ‘racism’ onto ‘backward’ sectors of American society, often coded as Southern, rural or working class, while the long-term future is presented as a color-blind, cosmopolitan utopia".[2] Actor and director Mario Van Peebles made a television documentary titled Fair Game that challenged the idea that the United States had become a post-racial society.[3]


  1. ^ Block, Melissa. (January 12, 2010). Poll: Post-Obama, Black Americans More Optimistic. All Things Considered. National Public Radio.
  2. ^ Laurie, Timothy (2012), 'Come Get These Memories: Gender, History and Racial Uplift in Bill Condon's Dreamgirls', Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 18 (5), p. 55. URL:
  3. ^ Martin, Michael. (January 29, 2010). Mario Van Peebles On A 'Post-Racial' America. Tell Me More. National Public Radio.Honors109

Further reading[edit]

  • Kaplan, H. Roy. (2011). The Myth of Post-Racial America: Searching for Equality in the Age of Materialism. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 1610480058.
  • Parks, Gregory. Matthew Hughey. (2011). The Obamas and a (Post) Racial America? Series in Political Psychology. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199735204.
  • Rodgers, Walter. (January 5, 2010). A year into Obama’s presidency, is America postracial? Christian Science Monitor.
  • Tesler, Michael. David O. Sears. (2010). Obama's Race: The 2008 Election and the Dream of a Post-Racial America. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0226793834.