If you are anywhere near a media outlet today you are being treated to a full smorgasbord of race relations in America. As I (and many others) have been saying since Barack Obama's first election in 2008 - these here United States are not so post-racial. Not even close.
People need to let the idea that people no longer think in "black and white" go. As long as a white man can put a gun a to a young black boy's chest and pull the trigger - there's no post-racism. Oh, and in the Zimmerman trial? This happened:
"Knock knock. Who's there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? Good, you're on the jury," Attorney West for the defendent said.
Yes, the defense opened with a joke. We are not amused. With the slain boy's parents right there. Jokes? Keep it classy, teamZim, keep it classy.
As long as a Southern cook can dream of a "slavery-themed" wedding with wistful delight and think that's okay (and a legion of fans defend that ish) - there's no post-racism. Over the weekend, numerous Facebook pages supporting Deen and calling for a boycott of the Food Network popped up, with several garnering thousands of likes. “Show me an adult person who has not said the N word in his life, black or white. You without sin cast the first stone,’’ one commenter wrote.
The line at Deen’s restaurant in Savannah, Ga., The Lady and Sons, was out the door all weekend as local residents showed their support. Notice anything about this picture?
As long as the Supreme Court can dodge the Affirmative Action issue and basically say "we're not here for that" - there's no post-racism. By a 7-1 vote, with one justice recusing herself, the court sent a case about the University of Texas admissions policy back to a federal appeals court for review — the Supreme Court’s equivalent of a grade of Incomplete.
The case was brought by Abigail Fisher, a white woman who applied to the university in 2008 and was denied, and claimed that her constitutional rights and federal civil rights laws were violated. The Supreme Court ruled that the appeals court had failed to hold the university to a “demanding burden of strict scrutiny.” Instead, the appeals court “presumed that the school had acted in good faith” and required Fisher to show otherwise, the high court found. So... basically witht he exception of Justice Ginsberg (LOVE HER!) - SCOTUS can't be bothered.
Also, the OWN channel aired a documentary on colorism within the black community called Dark Girls on Sunday night. A firestorm erupted on the Twittersphere. Before I could even think to type an opinion I was told in no uncertain terms that "light girls need not comment, this was not their night" - oh. Alright then. Damn these Euros foisting their ideologies upon us generation after generation after generation.
It's going to be a long week. Thoughts on this week's news melee? Weary already? Do share...