Broken Promises for a Post-Racial, Post-Nation-State, Global Society


How do we as a nation transcend into becoming citizens of the world in a global society when our leadership conjures up sentiments of historical injustice and stirs up the melting pot by playing identity politics?

If the long-term objective is to lead the United States into a post-nationalist, post-racial state, why instigate tensions among divergent groups of people? The unintended consequence of playing identity politics is the further entrenchment of those identities, hindering the objective of post-nationalism and a post-identity utopia.

Wasn’t Barack Obama’s election in 2008 and re-election in 2012 supposed to signify a shift towards post-racial politics? Wasn’t Obama’s election the culmination of the historical struggle of the African American community signifying a shift towards an age of racial neutrality?

The President has taken criticism from congressional and religious black leaders for his situational racial identity. The frustration among African American leaders lies with Barack Obama positioning himself first and foremost as a citizen of the world, transcendent of national or racial identity. African American leaders bristle at Obama’s racial neutrality and hesitancy to embrace the identity of being the first black president – one who identifies with the historical struggle of overcoming slavery and oppression.

Obama invokes snippets of his racial identity when it is politically expedient to do so. Obama is situationally black when in campaign mode, situationally Muslim on foreign policy missions and situationally white on the golf course.

Conflicted and frustrated, black society finds itself at a crossroads having to choose between two differing paths towards the future. One where they must choose to either move past their ascendant history and historical achievements in this country, embrace post-racial, post-national, race-neutral society and identify themselves as citizens of the world or further entrench themselves as being African American first, descendant and ascendant of slave heritage. The African American community needs to assess whether embracing a global society sets the civil rights movement back forty-five years or whether it is the next logical step in the progression towards equality.

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