Okay, so Timmy has me thinking…
Many (if not most) Whites believe that racism is a thing of the past. Just about every survey (methodology is important here because qualitative research yields different results) shows that Whites no longer espouse racists belief systems. Still, Blacks are constantly complaining about racism and how crappy it is to be Black–the truth of this is found in just about any study you can find on race relations or issues of inter- or intraracial colorlines. Wherever you go in the world, the darker you are, the worse off you are socioeconomically. But now, we have a Black president! Is this the end of racism? Does Obama signal the beginning of the colorblind society?
Well, I would think that Whites would answer “yes.” And, it might be difficult to disagree with them. I’ll admit that I definitely rethought the saliency of race once Obama was elected. For decades having a Black president was the barometer used by the average (whatever that is) Black American to measure the level of racism in the US. Now that “we” have accomplished that impossible feat, can we say that sufficient progress has been made to call for the end of race-targeted initiatives? The real question is this Black people: WHAT WOULD NEED TO HAPPEN FOR BLACKS TO FEEL THAT THIS NATION HAS DONE ALL IT CAN FOR US TO THE DEGREE THAT WE NO LONGER FEEL JUSTIFIED IN COMPLAINING ABOUT RACISM? What would we need to see?
As for Black people, I would bet that most Blacks would argue that racism continues in new and innovative ways–that covert racism is the order of the day despite Obama. And well, there is a whole bunch of research that backs this notion too. So the question is this White people: WHAT PROOF COULD BE OFFERED TO CONVINCE THAT RACISM EXPLAINS THE FAILURE OF BLACKS RELATIVE TO WHITES (AND ANY OTHER GROUP) BETTER THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR? What would you need to see?