Anyone who pays attention knows that the “post racial society” ballyhoo following Mr. Obama’s election was, er,
somewhat optimistic delusional.
The outpouring of bigotry, racism, and prejudice, both coded and decoded, from the racist far right and its fellow travelers, dupes, and symps in the Republican Party has exceeded anything since the Civil Rights struggle of the 1950s and 1960s.
Optimists are hoping that this is American racial bigotry’s last gasp. Pessimists believe that hatred is always with us, though from time to time it chooses different targets; witness, for example the self-proclaimed Christians who have turned the God of Love into an Idol of Hate since the birth of Christianity.
George Davis muses on the place of the Trayvon Martin case in the “post racial” myth. A nugget:
America might be further along than most places in the world towards having a multi-cultural, multi-racial fusion culture. On the surface Americans of all races usually move among each other with little obvious, or even subtle, racial animosity. In America it is easy to maintain the illusion that we are post-racial, because it is not until you get down into the internal workings of America that you are likely to see any racism that matters very much.
And no place is America more brutally and stubbornly racist than the criminal justice system, which is one of the reasons that the Trayvon Martin case has stayed in public consciousness so long. It has the precise right ingredients for the media to get the American public to look into an area of our historical legacy that most post-racial Americans do not wish to look into.