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Posted on Jan 29, 2010
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By Marcia Alesan Dawkins

The second decade of the 21st century has ushered in changes in technology, economics, politics, culture and narratives of identification. From the advent of social media, to the Great Recession, to health care reform, to the revised racial categories on the U.S. census, American lives are faced with increasing tensions and ambiguities. No single icon reflects these tensions and ambiguities, and the paradigm shifts they are inspiring, more cohesively than President Barack Hussein Obama. 

Many argue that Obama’s election to the presidency and status as global “supercelebrity” are signs that we have entered a post-racial moment in which everyone and everything are mixed. Among these believers is Chris Matthews of MSNBC. Matthews, in a very different take on Obama’s public image than that offered by Sen. Harry Reid, said Wednesday: “I forgot he [Obama] was black.” How could we forget this important aspect of our president’s racial identity? What does Matthews’ statement mean?

“I think Matthews intended this to be a positive statement,” says Dr. Rebecca Herr Stephenson, a media effects researcher at the University of California, Irvine. “But I doubt whether audiences will receive it as he intended.” In other words, while the racial climate in the U.S. does show some signs of progress, as Obama’s status demonstrates, the idea that race and/or racism is dead ignores the salient fact that we continue to live in a society deeply influenced by race, with material consequences that affect life chances and have implications for contemporary race relations that go beyond black and white. Matthews jumped to this conclusion while ignoring the daily reality of many Americans. He admitted as much when he declared: “I felt it wonderfully tonight, almost like an epiphany. I think he’s done something wonderful. I think he’s taken us beyond black and white in our politics.”

“While there is some truth to the issue of progress in Matthews’ post-racial thesis, it is grounded in a privileged perspective that ignores what still needs to be done in order to achieve liberty and justice for all,” says Dr. Ulli Ryder, a professor at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. “From a lesser- or nonprivileged perspective, post-racial politicking is wishful thinking and must be mitigated by a closer look at social, political and cultural contexts. If we look at the ways in which we have dealt with events like Hurricane Katrina, increasing educational segregation, wars against Islam, immigration reform and the privatizing of our prisons it is easy to see that we have much work left to do.”

So why, in the face of such turmoil, is there such a fascination with mixed-race icons like President Obama? In a post-race nation, mixed-race people are presumed to be beyond the traditional concept of race as an observable set of fixed biological and transhistorical characteristics. If this is the case, then race can be considered a costume that can be put on and taken off whenever necessary and convenient. Within this context, Matthews’ comments make a bit more sense. Here’s more of what he said: Obama “is post-racial, by all appearances. I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he’s gone a long way to become a leader of this country, and past so much history, in just a year or two. I mean, it’s something we don’t even think about.” Post-racial by all appearances. Let’s think about it. 

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“Because of their supposed superpower to transcend race, mixed-race people are touted as a new model minority and can be propped up to denigrate other groups of color,” warns Dr. Ryder. “From Vin Diesel, and Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) and Keanu Reeves to Tiger Woods, Mariah Carey and “American Idol” ’s Jordin Sparks, mainstream society is reminded that multiracialism is not only our destiny but our reality.” Popular reality television shows like “America’s Next Top Model” have even gone so far as to steer contestants through a makeover process in which they become biracial because the ethnically ambiguous look is the latest trend in marketing.

A quick look over recent decades reveals that this is actually old news. We’ve been asked to celebrate several milestones of mixedness to prepare us for this alleged post-racial moment. Two milestones are virtual miscegenation in the form of a computer-generated “image of the new Eve” as “the new face of America” on the cover of a November 1993 issue of Time magazine and the model of digital pastiche on the cover of Mirabella in September 1994. Another milestone is the “check all that apply” option on the 2000/2010 U.S. census as an opportunity to refute the need for future race-based government initiatives. A fourth milestone is the public presentation of race as a figment of the social imaginary per PBS in its 2003 three-part series entitled “Race: The Power of Illusion.”

The latest milestone is the election of President Obama, whose image in the national imagination is interpreted, by commentators like Matthews, as one of racial transcendence instead of an invitation to frank deliberation about the complexities and contradictions of race in America. Rather than simply declaring that considerations about racism and race are either wrongheaded or unnecessary, perhaps we can use Matthews’ gaffe to explain that we must contextualize race and racism, use logic to understand how conflicts and inequities emerged, and then make progress through honest communication. Perhaps then we will see that Obama’s image is better interpreted as a starting point for interracial dialogue rather than a post-racial epilogue.


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By david lee, February 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment
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i see a person.  if that person can articulate intelligent ideas in standard english, we can talk.  if i have to work too hard to understand them because they’re speaking ebonics or some other dialect, well i don’t really have time for that.  Perhaps i miss out.  Perhaps they do.

some “Black” people just need to get over themselves.  so do some “White” people.

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By markpkessinger, February 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment

Matthews is the left’s Glen Beck

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By Purple Girl, February 1, 2010 at 7:09 am Link to this comment

Matthews can’t look beyond his Irish Catholic upbringing.
Dared to insinuate that Irish Catholics have a birth right to police work and firefighting.
Hint Chris- Reason the Irish dominated those fields orginally because they were desperate enough economically to do those dirty dangerous jobs. Not because they possessed some innate abilities for the work, or extraordinary bravery. To suggest that fails to recognize the discrimination and hatred the Irish faced when they arrived, esp in great numbers after the Potato famine.They were seen as expendable,so those were the jobs available to them.
If you can’t comprehend the oppression and discrimination inflicted on your own ancestory, then you will never understand that of anothers.

Further the Irish have not always been the most Pious or Honest either- so putting them on a peddlestool only makes it that much more of a Fairytale. Again Denying the true History of your own ancestory, only proves you would just as quickly make misrepresentions about someone elses.

Matthews like his Communion Buddy Pat Buchanan give the Irish and the Catholics a bad name. Talk about Historical Revisionists.

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By RdV, February 1, 2010 at 6:52 am Link to this comment

“I forgot he was black tonight for an hour.”

  Implies that he thinks of him in terms of race all of the time. So much for post-racial.

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By RdV, February 1, 2010 at 6:46 am Link to this comment

Matthews is a stupid white man. A sputtering obnoxious snide jerk of limited comprehension. Sometimes he really can be a little bombastic fascist. Like that sneering Joe Scarsborough, he plays to the ignorant dumbed-down, which is the only reason I can figure he still has face time.

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By thebeerdoctor, February 1, 2010 at 3:39 am Link to this comment

Since this post is mainly about Chris Matthews and his fraudulent insights, I recall that he receives $5 million a year. If there is a disconnect, is this not true of the entire punditry corps, whatever their political persuasion?
People, the vast majority that is, are so far removed from the actual process, that if and when they watch the continuous spigot of political infotainment, it is as a viewer observing a very distant planet. As so many have said, after viewing: “I don’t know the hell they are talking about.”

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By Ouroborus, January 31, 2010 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment

Ugh! Should read; powerful “TOOL”, not toll. :(

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By Ouroborus, January 31, 2010 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment

gerard, February 1 at 1:20 am #
Ouroborus:
  “But for me it seems that the similarities among
people are much greater than the differences. It also
seems from my experience that we learn to appreciate,
accept, understand differences by acknowledging
commonalities, even through (by way of) that
acknowledgement.”
============================================
Absolutely! That’s my experience in a number of
different cultures.
But all of those cultures harbor racism; non more so
than Asia.
For the most part it’s based on a visual basis, along
with myths, mis-information, ignorance, and laziness.
In other words it’s all (rare exceptions) based on
pretty shallow and flimsy information.
Education (as you have said) is the key to
understanding; but in the end racism has uses and can
be a powerful toll and is used as such by fringe
groups in America and elsewhere in the world.
It is precisely because of human nature that I don’t
feel we’ll ever see it eliminated.
Hell, if we were all the same color, height, hair
color, clothing, cars, houses and neighborhoods; and
the only difference between us was eye color, we’d
use that as a point of discrimination. Call me
cynical; I call it human nature.

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By gerard, January 31, 2010 at 9:20 pm Link to this comment

Ouroborus:
  Differences? There’s nothing “wrong with” differences. But for me it seems that the similarities among people are much greater than the differences. It also seems from my experience that we learn to appreciate, accept, understand differences by acknowledging commonalities, even through (by way of) that acknowledgement.
  It is also evident that a lot of learned behavior is, and ought to be, more or less deliberately unlearned. Ironically, the unlearning process is also a kind of learning.
  But enough!  When we try to talk about these things, we begin to realize not only how much we don’t know, but how much we can’t say about what we do know, etc. etc.

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By TomSemioli, January 31, 2010 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment

Chris Matthews is in show business….

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By McTN, January 31, 2010 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment

Chris Matthews has been gushing about Obama for years now; it almost seems as if he is relieved that he can prove he’s not racist by admiring him. In fact, I wonder if that is what Obama represents to many whites—evidence that I’ve never been racist. 

The point is that Matthews “almost” forgot Obama was black—uh, or white?  (Obama is more not white, than black, however—as this country defines him.) Almost. But what does remembering Obama is black actually mean?

Remembering Obama’s race clearly signifies the power of race in this country—especially black. Isn’t he saying “I almost forgot Obama was not white?”  Saying it that way suggests a judgement that most blacks would interpret as an accusation that Obama is posing or passing as white. But to forget that he is black allows him to retain his racial identity so that he can’t be accused of pretending to be something he is…or isn’t?

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By Joe the Philosopher, January 31, 2010 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment
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Chris Matthews is a creepy, rude chatterbox who is impressed with his own self-importance. Who hires these losers, anyway?

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By bozhidar balkas, vancouver, January 31, 2010 at 11:59 am Link to this comment
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I dare aver that we’ve never had ‘laws’; all ‘laws’ being written until very recently by horrible THEM aganst us.
But even if we [all of us] wld write the laws or legislate, i wld not ok legislating away racism.
Racism or any wrong thinking shld be reduced or eliminated only by education and the actual behavior which wld respect all people equally.

In a society like US that is either perfectly or near-perfectly a society of masters and serfs, we cannot ever have “laws” [i am using the word in its folk-meaning]or an idyllic society.

Any ice-cold observer can see with naked eye that at least 80% of US pop is a total depenendency [serfs] while the top class of anywhere from 0001% to two% is totally interdependent. Also owning ab 99% of america.

That means discrimination, which also subsumes racism, will stay as long the relationship bwtn low[er] classes and higher clases stays the same.
I do not know how to separate discrimination from racism. Seems to me the two are aspects of one reality: snobs and nonsnobs.
Snobs constituting ab 80% of US pop or pop of most other countries.

let’s get rid of the idea that US is a novelty or specialty. Some people in all asocialistic lands are hell.
And the hellish ruling class will continue to engender hell for ‘aliens’. Now that’s racism-discrimination we can evaluate as true.
In infinity of time, 10-15k yrs of such thinking-behavior may one day look like an ephemeral invent.
Of course, not for present victims!

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By Thong-girl, January 31, 2010 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

Hopefully, Chris Matthews will soon transcend life itself and end up with the likes of his cronies, like Limbaugh, O’Reilly and Cheney.  Who cares what he says or thinks?  Only the desperately Democrat.

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By gerard, January 31, 2010 at 9:30 am Link to this comment

In my comment about laws against racism, I believe I included the phrase “and enforced.”  Of course laws won’t change attitudes is they aren’t enforced—and even then .... However, the fact is the laws aren’t enforced, which is part of the problem.
  It’s hard to prove that racism is “a part of human nature.”  It’s hard to prove that it isn’t.  It’s hard to prove that it is “taught” or can be untaught.  Partly, it seems to be “breathed in” with the air kids inhale—a kind of air pollution. Conscious teaching against it seems to decrease its effects like an inoculation.
  My point about enforcement is based on some small faith in civil rights legislation if and when it is enforced. However, police in cities are permitted to act as if they never heard of it.  Judges of drug cases ditto.  Religious fanatics and America Firsters seem determined to ignore it. Anti-immigrants are afraid of it. So there’s much about enforcement that is defectivie, especially if law has “no teeth.”
  IMO, there’s more hope in education, but even there peer pressure, neighborhood, availability of jobs, differences between renting and owning a home etc. etc.—there are thousands of “proxy” teachers that speak louder than words.

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By omop, January 31, 2010 at 7:06 am Link to this comment

thebeerdoctor’s comments/analogy is interesting.

This year is inventory year in the USA. We count how many there are of US and what races WE belong to as well as other pertinent questions.

This 2010 Census provides one the opportunity to answer the questions in some 60 or so dialicts from Arabic to Yiddish.

IMO its questionable whether the question about RACE covers the entire water front but what it covers is quite explicit.

One is either white or not. If one is of Asian ancestry he/she has some 15 options to define specifics as to whether he/she is Chinese-American, Viatnamese, Filipino, etc,. Other races are defined as either Black, African American or Negro.

Hispanics are asked to answer whether they are Hispanic, Mexican Americans, Chicano,or Spanish, Argentinians, etc.

American Indians and Alaska Natives are also included as well as the races of the Islanders of the Pacific Ocean.

So it seems we still have far to go in just counting the present 300+ million or so that make up the USA as just plain Americans.

Wonder if Chris and like minded people ever give a thought about reality.

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By GoyToy, January 31, 2010 at 5:56 am Link to this comment

Why so much space for an inside-the-Beltway windbag like Matthews?

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By thebeerdoctor, January 31, 2010 at 3:53 am Link to this comment

All this discussion reminds me of a recent TV offer that offers ladies a handbag that can change with their outfits, due to an interchangeable outside shell. But the core handbag remains, to be used in various disguises.
I think in the long run, the election of President Obama was an important cosmetic change (in terms of global branding, quite necessary in fact) but the core handbag remains the same.
Why do I say this? Just look at how the United States is building up the friendly states (so called) of the Middle East, where our policy is now to promote nuclear energy and vast sales of military hardware. Take a look at the F-16’s now located in the UAE. The UAE air force is now USA “pumped up”. So much so that last year, in a speech in Bahrain, U.S. Cent-Com Chief General Petraeus stated that the UAE air force alone “could take out the entire Iranian air force, I believe.”
So meanwhile, as much effort is spent discussing whether President Barry is cool enough, the United States policy of killing for oil and doing what the Israeli government demands continues quietly, allaying any fears that the new president would upset the murderous apple cart. It is business as usual, only more so.

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By Xntrk, January 30, 2010 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment

What is most important about Chris Matthew’s [I recognize the name, not the person, btw…] statement, is what it means. Is Obama so urbane and witty that white media gurus just overlook his race, and therefore claim a lack of prejudice?

What if Matthews didn’t forget? What would be his opinion of Obama then? Would BHO still be a great guy creating good will and generating self-congratulatory pats on the back? Or would he be treated like one of those scary Black Haitians who have the audacity to hope for economic asylum in the US? Or maybe doing life for a crime he didn’t commit like Mumia Abu-Jamal?

Any country that incarcerates more of it’s citizens of color than it educates, is in a poor position to argue we now have a ‘Post Racial’ Society because of the election of any one Black Man to a position of power.

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By Ouroborus, January 30, 2010 at 8:49 pm Link to this comment

gerard, January 30 at 9:43 pm
But neither can I support the argument that I am so
different from you or you or you.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Ah, but the differences are real. What’s wrong with
differences? Absolutely nothing, but unfortunately
many people regard differences with suspicion and
fear.
The U.S. has many laws against discrimination and has
for many years and these laws are enforced to greater
and lesser degrees. That people still discriminate
just reinforces that one cannot legislate morality or
mores and norms.
Racism is a learned behavior (which I’m sure you
know) and has existed since the beginnings of humans.
I for one, do not believe it will ever disappear.
But that doesn’t keep me from speaking up any time it
rears it’s ugly head.
As I said in my first post;
It makes me retch to hear all this effusive crap
regarding how far we’ve come.
The issues are real and the issues run deep.
Maybe some day; but this isn’t the day.
It’s in our nature and that is the thing that must
change. IMO.

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By gerard, January 30, 2010 at 5:43 pm Link to this comment

TaoWalker: 

Yeah, I know the cart-and-horse arguments—you can’t pass the laws (or make meaningful changes in any inclusive way) because the prejudiced people (due to history or ignorance or whatever) won’t vote for or support such changes. 
  But neither can I support the argument that I am so different from you or you or you. That attitude says at one and the same time both “change” and “don’t change; you can’t change” to move in the direction of whatever Turtle Island represents because of a “real difference between “you and ...the rest of us”. Such dichotomies exist in the language (In fact language tends to exaggerate dichotomies)—but not in reality, though some of us would like to separate ourselves out from those “others” whom we oppose. To some extent your use of “wild” and “civilized” seems to make that separation, and I want to question you about it, though it may not be appropriate to this site.

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By Anarcissie, January 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm Link to this comment

Actually, the concept of race (as caste) has little or no physical basis; it is a social construction.  As time goes on, the caste rules which maintained the races are bent or broken, but race doesn’t disappear, it proliferates and exfoliates into meaninglessness.  In the future, as the power of race declines, people will begin practicing racialization as a kind of amusement, claiming to belong to tribes of obscure, long-disappeared peoples, or to belong to unique groups created by improbable crossings of ancestral lines.  In this sense we will become more like our Latin-American neighbors, for whom skin color and non-European ancestry exist on smooth gradients.  I suppose this will pose something of a predicament for oppressors and oppressed alike.

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By TAO Walker, January 30, 2010 at 3:25 pm Link to this comment

Things in the virtual world inhabited by Chris Matthews and his fella ‘n’ gal americans look somewhat different seen from here in Indian Country.  The most damaging “dividing line” doesn’t run helter-skelter between (and ever more-blurrily) among the various skin-colors of homo domesticus, at all.  We enjoy all of those hues here, too.

What we don’t have are the increasingly rigid class-lines being erected (like those Israeli walls around the ghetto-ized Palestinians) to keep the riffraff out of those places appropriated-by and reserved-to the privileged.  That the actual institutionalized oppression does frequently include a “racial” component is getting to be as-often-as-not more incidental and circumstantial than otherwise.

No doubt both those cosmetic distinctions still loom large inside the “civilization” CONtraption. The real difference, though, is between all of the members of the subspecies homo domesticus, and us surviving free wild Human Beings.

Meantime, there seems to be a certain amount of wishfully-thinking-out-loud among the pale-faced post-racialists, perhaps because they’re ‘kind’ have lorded(and ladyed)-it over the rest of us here for awhile….in ways that’ve maybe left a ‘bad-taste,’ and are ripe for some karmic pay-back.  Even Rodney King pleaded, “Can’t we all just get along?!”

Sure, little dogies….git along now.

Hokahey!

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By Vic Anderson, January 30, 2010 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment
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Bro’ , can ya spare a damn?

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By gerard, January 30, 2010 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment

“..we must contextualize race and racism, use logic to understand how conflicts and inequities emerged, ...” 
  What might work faster would be the passage of laws, and their enforcement, forbidding common injustices based on racial discrimination that continue year after year—injustices such as police brutality, prejudicial treatment at all levels of society, exclusion, automatic suspicion based on racial difference, and then of course education to mitigate fear of different skin color, fear of different cultures, styles, mannerisms etc.
  Prejudice continues mostly because people are deliberatey cut off from one another (or cut themselves off by choice), thus remaining boxed in their own class and culture.

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By Rexozone, January 30, 2010 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment
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When the President competently and patiently and intelligently fielded “gotcha” talking points by the silent minority of tea-bagging enablers I thought to myself…maybe now Chris Matthews will remember that our President is proudly, commandingly and respectfully black. Post racialism is no ideal…appreciating the resounding talents and genius of all races must be recognized and pronounced. Minimizing black power among and against white dominance should be condemned as much as diminishing the importance of ethnic contribution to our culture and progress.

And Chris Matthews is as embarrassing for his insights as Glenn Beck.

Hmmmmm, now if only I could remember what color he is.

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By omop, January 30, 2010 at 11:55 am Link to this comment

A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of
its people.

  So spoketh Mohandas Gandhi.

  Since the USA relishes an exessively exhebitionist society. It enjoys flaunting its “positiveness” and glides over its negative.

  Just like any normal individual or society does.

  Say like Hitler and his buddies are judged to be criminals for invading their
  neighbors while Blair and Bush are applauded for “regime change” by invading
  Iraq, Afghanistan and killing others on a daily basis personnaly and thru
  proxies.

  Que bruta vita!

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By bozhidar balkas, vancouver, January 30, 2010 at 9:56 am Link to this comment
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It helps me a lot to think of me as having been in the making for an eon.At least couple of tns people had to live and die so that i cld be here today.
In the two tns [or more] people i also include darkest blacks.
Without latter’s ability to adjust to hot sun for survival, none of us wld be here.tnx

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By William W. Wexler, January 30, 2010 at 7:00 am Link to this comment

I agree with harrystyris’ characterization of Chris Matthews’ mood as rapturous and gushing.  That’s Chris, all right.  He drives me up the wall with some of the idiotic things he says.  He has a special knack for wild generalizations and stating the obvious.  The whiny tone and goofy laugh don’t help him much, either.  I can’t imagine that even Chris believes his assertion that he ought to be the US Senator from Pennsylvania.  Around here we refer to him as either “da Senator” or “da wiener”.

Now on to his post-racial comment.  There are undoubtedly non-black people to whom race is not an issue.  The way to find out if you are one of them is to immerse yourself in a non-white environment and see what happens.  I immersed myself in Hispanic/Mestizo culture by moving to south Texas for 10 years.  This was an enlightening experience in tribalism, as many of the people I worked with were transplanted Anglos from Illinois.  As a side note, the place I was working was the birthplace of La Raza Unida, so there was a history of strained race relations.

I got there 18 years after La Raza and the Brown Power movement started.  Many of the local Anglos had simply moved; I don’t like generalizations but I think it is safe to say that many if not most of the remaining Anglos had a deep resentment of Hispanics.  I heard a lot of anecdotes about the tensions back in 1970, from both sides.  The residual effect was that there was a surface cordiality between the two communities; however, I had things said to me that presumed I was a member of the Whites Tribe because I am Caucasian.  Some of the stories are too ugly to be repeated, and if true, include accounts of murder.  I had a lot of friends from both groups, and although I got bits and pieces from the Mestizo tribe about what happened back in ‘70 I never had a detailed, in-depth conversation about race from their perspective.

My thought on this topic is that despite progress made in racial reconciliation there is still a great disparity in power.  That was the situation in south Texas; almost everyone in a position of authority at the plant was from Illinois.  Maybe the reason that Chris was able to forget about Obama’s blackness or whiteness for an hour was because Obama holds the office of President.  But when you look at the board rooms, the managers’ meetings, the bank presidents, and other offices occupied by persons with clout, the picture is pretty damn white.

It’s a long, long road to post-racial America.  People are tribal, and this is instinctive, not learned, behavior.  We may overcome institutionalized racial prejudice, we may erase overt prejudice from our culture, but the day we don’t see color is not here.  And I wouldn’t take a bet that it’s coming.

-Wexler

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By G.Anderson, January 30, 2010 at 6:14 am Link to this comment

What? Too abstract and wordy for me..

But as long as your writing an article for a sociology journal, at least spend some time talking about, mixed race people who grow up in cultures other than their biological parents.

Since the prevailing view is that culturally, they are not mixed at all.

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By ardee, January 30, 2010 at 5:55 am Link to this comment

I understand the truths inherent in the post of Ouroborus but think that there is a definite softening of racism overall, especially in the industrialized nations. I know I have been accused of terminal optimism before but refuse to believe that is a bad thing.

I do not mean to suggest we have entered a post racist era, not by any means, but the facts remain that we have made significant progress in that area, just look to the White House for confirmation.

Now, if we could advance in so many other areas as well while continuing to move to a color blind society…..People hate people for so many reasons it seems, religion, ethnicity, cultural differences.I would remind this forum of the execrable words of one of our own posters, a certain European who once noted that he agreed with the ban on minarets in Switzerland and then compounded his felony by insisting that Arabs/Muslims should be forced to live only in their “own countries”. I needed a hot shower after reading that one!

The stratification of our world along economic lines, with the wealth moving ever more swiftly to fewer and fewer, may be seen as the new racism I think. Perhaps the fact that fewer display blatant racism makes the words of those who do that much louder.

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By Ouroborus, January 30, 2010 at 4:34 am Link to this comment

The only people who think racism is on the way out
are the very same people who have no experience in
the trenches (so to speak).
There is polite society which makes a great show of
equality with their token_________; you fill in the
race/ethnicity.
Until one actually spends time with people of a
different ethnicity one cannot possibly understand
anything about race. Oh, one can pontificate,
intellectualize, talk the PC talk; but, may I suggest
that until one lives the life and walks the talk, one
has no clue about the day to day existence of a non-
white person.
It makes me retch to hear all this effusive crap
regarding how far we’ve come.
The issues are real and the issues run deep.
Maybe some day; but this isn’t the day.
It’s in our nature and that is the thing that must
change. IMO.

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