Reference Shelf: Racial Tension in a “Postracial” Age
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Many Americans would like to believe that because the United States has now twice elected a black president, we live in a “postracial” society where discrimination and racism do not exist or only do among outlying, insignificant extremists. Yet, there has been much in the news to contest this notion—not only in the form of police brutality in black communities but also in persisting residential segregation and social inequities between different populations. In opposition to claims of a postracial society, then, are cries of pervasive structural racism and the rise of such activist groups as Black Lives Matter. We have also seen a resurgence in debates around affirmative action and reparations for slavery. While race may be a “social construct,” it still has very real effects on national and global politics and society. This volume will explore the state of race in the United States today.