If you look at what is going on today, you might wonder what happened to the ‘Post-Racial World’ that was being talked about when President Obama was first elected in 2008. Six years later, it doesn’t seem to have materialized.
There was the Trayvon Martin case that caused controversy over racial lines. And now there is the controversy over the Michael Brown shooting near St. Louis, Missouri. There are many states that are still dealing with issues over Voter ID laws. And if you look at recent voting trends, voting along racial lines hasn’t changed much either.
Gerald Horne, a professor of history and African American studies at the University of Houston, told KTRH we've got a long way to go to get to that post-racial world we talked about.
“The Martin case and St. Louis controversy are just two bits of evidence that this idea of post-racialism was premature at best,” Horne said. “I understand the sentiment, though; hoping for a better society than we endure and enjoy today.”
But Horne says he's not giving up hope that a post racial world is possible.
“Definitely things can be done. I think that all of our pessimism is premature,” Horne stated.
And some of those things are being done in the political realm.
“Despite the justifiable concern over Voter ID laws, there are other laws out there that seem to expand the right to vote,” Horne explained.
But we aren’t there yet. And earlier this morning, in that same area of St. Louis a police officer shot and critically injured a man who police say was pointing a gun at the officer.