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The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity

Tim Wise

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How "colorblindness" in policy and personal practice perpetuate racial inequity in the United States today.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jul 26, 2010 – In his follow-up to Between Barack and a Hard Place, Wise continues to explore his provocative contention that Obama’s commitment to transcending racism has made it “more difficult than ever to address ongoing racial bias” in America. By refusing to openly confront racism, Wise argues, the President has ceded the ground to conservatives, allowing them to “manipulate racial angers unmolested and unchecked.” While many progressives are disappointed that Obama has, in their view, capitulated to corporate interests and not forged his own New Deal, Wise makes the opposite charge. He believes that Obama is in fact too eager to follow FDR’s lead in subordinating racial issues to the fight against poverty. Obama’s endorsement of New Deal measures like social security, FHA home loan programs, and the G.I. Bill downplays the extent to which these programs were and continue to be “intensely racialized.” Wise also contends that the pervasiveness of racism has a subconscious effect on Americans that can only be altered by forcing the issue into the open.

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Colorblindness 101

Wise articulates how Obama not only avoids racial issues, his entire political philosophy is based on a flawed premise of post-racial liberalism that could possibly set back gains that the civil rights movement achieved. Great work!

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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Social Science
  • Published: Jun 01, 2010
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 216 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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