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ERIC Number: EJ953256
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0161-956X
Introduction to Postracialism in U.S. Public School and Higher Education Settings: The Politics of Education in the Age of Obama
Aleman, Enrique, Jr.; Salazar, Timothy; Rorrer, Andrea; Parker, Laurence
Peabody Journal of Education, v86 n5 p479-487 2011
Race and racism are topics typically silenced, muted, or reframed toward a discussion of color blindness. In 2008, the historic election of the nation's first African American president prompted increased proclamations that the nation had "moved past race." In the moments immediately after the major networks called the 2008 presidential election for Barack Obama, political pundits and mainstream journalists alike ushered in a dominant narrative that framed the first 2 1/2 years of the Obama presidency and cemented the notion of a color-blind society at the forefront of political discourse. Many presupposed that the mere election of the first president of color erased the pervasive and institutionalized racism that has historically oppressed Americans of color since the creation of the nation. This framing has resulted in the solidification of a de-contextualized and deraced analysis of some of the most important economic and social issues and policies of the last several generations. This article centers on the politics of race and racism, and squarely questions the notion that individuals live, educate school-children, and engage in policy-making in a new, post-racial era. Despite President Obama's election, the authors reject the color-blind, majoritarian political discourse notion that race and racism are decentered. The authors aim to center analysis and discussion of race and racism and the role that they continue to play in schools, postsecondary education, communities, and nation today and to challenge the dominant narrative that we have reached an all-encompassing, utopian plateau in the history of this nation, created by rhetorical declarations that Americans are somehow a postracial society after the election of President Obama. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States