Redefining Post- Racial

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adjective
  1. denoting or relating to a period or society in which racial prejudice and discrimination no longer exist.
    “a post-racial era”

There are numerous books on the meaning, the possibility and impossibility of a post- racial America, a post- racial society, a post- racial world.  I have a few on my bookshelves.  There was great talk of its possibility and even its occurrence, that we will living in the day after race, with the election of America’s first African American president, President Barack Obama.  But, it didn’t take long for the title to be taken away.

After he had been sworn in, we were back to swearing by race, making racist jokes, questioning his ability to lead based on the social construct of race, touting that we had won the race competition because “one of us” was in the White House, testing his black content, wondering if he was “black enough.”  We just would not let race go even after his election to the highest office in America and would not allow the reality that he was the leader of a land that had led African people to its shores in chains to set in.  We were too afraid to talk about the possibility that we could live without race, revealing our dependency and our bondage to its reality.

Today, we still live blindly, stumbling over conversations about who we are and who they are.  We still don’t know that we are one humanity, one people, one creation.  We are too afraid to accept that no matter our culture or language, she and he are our siblings.  This is but a family feud.

The word post- racial must be redefined as possible, achievable and doable.  It is a worthy goal and a sacred task.  The solution is in our mouths and not above our heads.  We must redefine race and I would like to start with this entry.

post- racial (adjective)

  1.  denoting or relating to the society that chose relationships over physical differences, who stopped repeating the lies of history and accepted the declarations of Scripture and the findings of science; who refused to believe that God created us to be defined by the social coloring of our skin; who denied the social construct of race the right to rule us based on the shape of our nose and eyes, the texture of our hair or the size of our lips; who chose to denounce pride and ignorance, historical hatreds and unforgiveness in order to trust the work of love and reconciliation
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