Donald Trump has emboldened racists to new heights.
Perhaps the claim that we live in a "post-racial society" is an expression of hope, and maintaining hope is nothing short of a moral imperative in today's uncertain world. I suspect, however, that the term "post-racial society" is also an expression of denial, an invitation to turn away from reality.
The Obama years have stirred up many conflicting ideas about race and racism in America. It will take time and careful analysis to fully understand and unpack all of these issues. We can begin by debunking five popular myths about race and the Obama presidency.
Without absolving or equivocating on America's hypocrisy on matters of race, racism and abuse of civil rights, it is ironic and equally hypocritical that Africans, who have little compunction about hacking one another to death because of differences, physical or perceived, are some of the loudest decriers of racism and bigotry in America.
Hank Thomas, one of three living Freedom Riders still alive from the May 14, 1961 bus firebomb attack in Anniston, Alabama, spoke before a mixed audience at a Georgia college recently. His message wasn't just one of racial reconciliation. It was about "allies."
My French Creole features speak to a long history of miscegenation: green eyes, skin the color of a white peach and a sharp Puritan nose to match my thinly drawn Vermillion lips. Still, my blackness is always in question because of my lightness, especially among my darker sisters.