Even a superficial analysis of the term “post-racial” illustrates its appeal in contemporary America. Its literal meaning of “after” or “beyond race” speaks to images of a society that has transcended what is surely one of the most problematic and painful threads in the country’s history. Race, as a concept, evokes problems regardless of the angle from which it is viewed. From the perspective of definitions, we find that the concept is not easy to grasp since accepted meanings do not necessarily accord with American realities. One view, no longer dominant but still influential, holds that race is purely a question of biology, with genes defining who a person is and can become. In this essentialist view biology is destiny, and phenotype — especially skin color — is an indicator of in-born traits.
KeywordsPresidential Election Racial Identity Color Blindness Presidential Campaign Core Meaning
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