America in the Era of Post-Racial Racism

Nassourou Imorou


The history of America has been closely pegged with racism and discrimination against African Americans. It’s an issue the founding fathers struggled to address in the early stage of the great nation and, as a result, it has continued to haunt American society during slavery, Jim Crow’s segregation, and modern day legalized a systematic racism. Since the inception of America, the house of democracy has been plagued with cracks of racism and discrimination against African Americans, women and other minority groups. The 2008   election of Barack Obama to the U.S. presidency stirred wonder throughout the world and some hastily predict the demise of racism. Obama’s presidency does not end racism; instead it has been marked by tragedies and attacks due to senseless violence. Thus, on the eve of electing a new President with two most discussed and unpopular candidates, Racism is still a puzzle. My  point is that racism is deeply rooted and highly flexible, not that it is completely immune to amelioration. As it has for hundreds of years, race-or, more accurately, "racism"--will remain a principal means through which American society structures and justifies inequality.

Keywords: Racism, demise, slavery, discrimination, inequality.

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