by Esface Black
In the run-up to the 2012 election, where President Obama faces perhaps a tougher battle for re-election (a nation divided with the Tea Party poised squarely in the center, stalled job growth, looming unemployment, and ever-present global crises) than he did for his initial victory, it’s plainly evident that the famed post-racial America never came to pass. It seems that every day there’s new evidence to show that not only has America not progressed towards racial harmony over the past few years, but may have actually digressed. The problem persists, though, that bringing up these instances in normal conversation still invokes notions of being racially paranoid. Oh stop it, you’re just putting race into the situation. Comments and internal monologues such as this are allowed to flourish because of the 2008 mythos of having vaulted past race as an identifying factor in America. Unfortunately, we vaulted ourselves not over a bar of achievement, but into a pit of denial and thus further racial angst, as demonstrated by these seemingly separate, but racially entwined examples.