Playing Racial Politics in America Today

Playing Racial Politics in America Today
The popular colourblind narrative in the United States is deeply worrying. By asserting that the nation is “post-race,” colourblindness negates the very real and continuous presence of racism. Accordingly, this ideology casts current inequalities as products of individual choice, veiling the structural racism in which these inequalities are rooted and the historical processes that shaped them.

David Theo Goldberg asserts that “colourblindness” has been used by conservatives not only to cover up present racisms, but to foreclose resistance to racism by suffocating its exposure—for example, colourblindness renders any consideration of the ongoing impact of race as itself racist. When faced with the necessity of transforming realities that many people refuse to acknowledge, Goldberg encourages readers to break through colourblindness and reveal racisms by being critical and attentive citizens. As Goldberg exemplifies in his academic and popular writings on critical race theory, public intellectuals can take up the call to challenge colourblindness and racism through critical engagement by analyzing the ongoing presence of race and its workings in their own communities.  Read the article…

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