The illusions of a post-racial era 
Chauncey Devega, New York Daily News, 3/25/12

“In 2004, Obama famously said, “There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America — there’s the United States of America.”

Maybe he spoke too soon.

True, we are beyond overt acts of intolerance: burning crosses, white robes, lynchings. But racism is more than this: It is structural and institutional.

Today’s racism teaches subtle lessons about whose personhood is to be protected — and which people are deemed expendable.

Zimmerman breathed in this toxic ether. He seems to have learned its lessons well. I think that Zimmerman killed Martin because he knew, either on a conscious or subconscious level, that he could get away with it.”

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