Is the U.S. post-racial?

Carla St.Louis | 1/30/2014, 9 a.m.
According to professor David Ikard, the notion of a post-racial America — a theoretical environment where the U.S. is devoid ...

Rose shared a similar critique.

"[His] discussion about coded racism frequently hinged on how race is discussed in academic spaces or on news programs that have white hosts," she said. "This ignores those who experience blatant, violent and murderous racism such as Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Jonathan Ferrell and Aiyana Jones. It also obscures the naked racism and violence against poor Blacks.”

The topic of choice that set Ikard's discussion ablaze was his exploration of cultural myths and their underlying messages.

"He explained that even the myth of Santa Claus--circulated to help preserve childhood innocence--teaches children to revere the deity of white privilege and helps get them accustomed to the idea that being surveilled, judged and punished by an external [white] authority will be a routine part of their lives."

Vanessa Paul, a student from Broward County who attended to "get an idea of how racism is discussed on an academic level" said, "Many topics [Ikard] touched was definitely food for thought. It's very validating to hear someone on an academic level discuss topics that Black people in power seem terrified to acknowledge."

The discussion also featured professor Donald Jones.

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