My life has been very busy lately, with little time to spare for my regular kinds of posts. I plan to get back to them soon.
This post is sort of an open thread. If something in particular is on your mind, do tell, but I have a specific question to ask:
A lot of pundits and so on are claiming that the fact of a black president is proof that racism in America is over. Are you also encountering people who make such claims in your daily life? If so, or if you anticipate encountering them, how are you dealing with them?
Are those of us who know how strong and pervasive racism and white supremacy still are going to answer people who hold up President Obama as supposed evidence that they're not?
As a new study suggests, we need to practice our responses to anticipated racist situations, especially if we're white. According to a study of racist attitudes and behavior reported on by CNN, even people who consider themselves "tolerant and egalitarian" are "willing to tolerate racism and not stand up against it."
In other words, we may like to think that we would stand up against racism when we encounter it, but chances are, we won't. Surely then, practice can help, including prepared responses and reactions to those who play the "racism is over" card.
I thought again about this new problem for those committed to anti-racism yesterday, when someone arrived at this blog by entering this question into Google:
"How can people bitch about racism when there is going to be a black president???"
Where do we start with such folks if we meet them in person?
I'm also wondering about one other thing--while race and racism haven't suddenly dissipated because Obama got elected, they are going to change. But, how?