The growing racial tension in this country is not faux. It is palpable and very real. Never mind my personal experiences and those of my friends, simply having the compound adjective "post-racial" often used in the popular lexicon at the same time as debates continue about racial profiling is sufficient as evidence of racial tension. I won't even get into the racist under(and over-)tones throughout the "conversation" about immigration in Arizona.
You do make some great points about the media, Ari, and what gets picked up and escalated (and what doesn't) and why. Perhaps think a bit harder about your title next time, though. While I get what could have been a nice turn of phrase drawing history into juxtaposition with the present, it's insensitive at the least and downright offensive at the most.
San Francisco, CA
Aug 3 2010 - 5:34pm