Tuesday, February 10, 2009

News Flash! We Don't Live In A "Post-Race" World

Let me clarify something: we do not live in a post-race world.

Remember the election? Have you forgotten about all those red states? And what about conservative talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh who has repeatedly said he wants President Obama to fail? And let's not mention the hate groups out there. In fact, the Los Angeles times just published a story about the racial tensions in Paris, Texas. Eye-catching was that the perspectives of the two sides couldn't be more different.

Some issues should be addressed from a racial perspective. For instance, did you know that HIV disproportionately affects African-Americans? What, are we going to not talk about this issue or not use the words African-Americans, or not try to get at the root causes of why? Of course not. African-Americans are also plagued by diabetes and high blood pressure. Many believe it's due to a diet high in fat from the fried foods many of us like. What, are we not going to talk about it because it's politically incorrect to focus on the victims--namely us?

My point is there are still folk out there who judge others based on the color of their skin. The election of Barack Obama as President and selection of Michael Steele as GOP Chair has not changed this. I also think that in order to solve some issues, we must look at the demographics of a particular group--sometimes this means race.

I'm growing concerned over the increasing amount of traffic I see in cyberspace declaring an end to race as an issue and some even questioning the need for African-American websites. While we've come a long way, we just haven't come that far.

That's my opinion, what's yours?