Monday, October 24, 2011
Talking Points #6
I thought the interview with Tim Wise was very interesting and thought provoking. I agree with almost everything he had to say. When Obama was elected, I also thought that people were acting too much like it was the "end of racism" that because a black person could become president, we would become a post-racial society, but that is not true. Just like after Brown vs Board of education, it did not solve racism, we still see it today. When we see a white person become president, no body thinks of their accomplishments as a credit to their race, but when Obama became president it was all about how he was able to do it in spite of his race. As Wise said, it is racism 2.0. We have set "brown and black norms" as in, it surprises us to see a person of color become president because that surpasses the "norm" we have put on them. Wise also discusses how racism will continue to exist until people of color can be as mediocre as white people and still be successful. He discussed how Obama is exceptionally smart and well spoken and that is why he was able to be so successful, but we have seen many white presidents who were mediocre in intelligence and got to the same point. I thought this was an excellent way to show how racism still exists in ways we may not see right away.