Are we Beyond a Post-Racial Society?

Living in an ever so small and heavily connected world, it may appear at times that we have in essence, transcended racism and are in a post-racial society. It definitely appears as though. We have an African American as the US President, interracial dating is on the rise, a Korean pop song sung in Korean that few people understand, but garnered more than a billion views, and yet beyond these things, we still have not gone past racism, and in fact we have a long ways to go. For instance, many times, although not affecting me right now, I was assumed to be a Muslim, terrorist, Indian,  someone who worked/will work at 7-eleven, although I am a Bangladeshi Hindu. In fact, I believe we may never reach that goal of a post-racial society unless something like a genocide or mass holocaust occurs, because we, as humans, are judgmental beings, and additionally, we want to have our own identity. A post-racial society reminds me a lot of an Utopia, everyone is classified into the same race, so everyone is fundamentally equal without prejudice. Sadly, I believe this will never happen. In  an article “Forty Million Ways  to be Black”, Toure seems to agree that we are not living, or may never live in a post-racial society, but living in a post-black society, or a post-(insert your ethnicity/race) society is completely possible, and I agree with these points. We can express individuality and our own style while maintaining who we are. I may like certain foods or music that may not be stereotypical South Asian, but that doesn’t mean I am not South Asian.

Tupac Shakur, a famous rapper from the 1990’s, wrote a song that exemplified a lot of what was happening in reality during the time, and what was unique about his points is that he incorporated multiculturalism into a primarily mono cultural type of music at the time, rap.

I believe, like Tupac, that some things will never change. One of them is racial prejudice. In this interesting Huffington Post article,  it was reported that blacks of equal financial standing to whites and other races were pursued by debt collectors, who were primarily white, more vigorously. It is also evident in social media, as we often see some racist tweets among other things that raises our eyebrows about just how post-racial our society is. I believe the internet has made humans somewhat hypocritical. On one hand, we denounce racism and promote equality on Facebook and twitter with cheerful and egalitarian messages, and the fact that Facebook only allows a “like” button.  However, other websites like Reddit or 4 Chan where your identity is basically hidden, can harbor fairly racist and disturbing commentary from people who wouldn’t normally say these things in person. In essence, social media makes our opinions heard instantly for potential billions to view, and they may never know who wrote it in the first place.

Living in a post-racial society may not be possible, but we can definitely get beyond certain cultural stigmas and live with freedom of choice while maintaining our identity.  We may not know when this post-(cultural stigmatized) society will happen, but I believe when it happens, we will not even notice it.


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