Race is not an issue for the young?

written by Love Isn’t Enough contributor Renee; originally posted at Womanist Musings

transcript starting at 2:04

And thank goodness these liberal, wealthy progressive people are able to take any child in need and shower them with love. And I think race should really only be examined if you’re over 40. You need to think about how you think about race, because the younger generation doesn’t see race the way perhaps my generation did. We live in a global world where we have a biracial president. Where some of the most famous and wealthy celebrities in the world are people of colour…Um, you know I am happen to have biracial children they don’t self identify as black or white.

Whether or not Ms. Walsh’s children identify as black or white is not the issue, because biracial children identify in various ways. My son, who is also mixed, identifies as brown and that has not saved him from repeatedly having to deal with racism. This kind of utopian view of how to see race effects children and can only be believed by white liberals, because they have no idea of what it is too really deal with racism first-hand.

The idea that Barack Obama can be held up as some sort of symbol of a new world is ridiculous, when we look at how many attacks Barack and his family have undergone, simply based of race. Before any other candidate got secret service protection during the election Obama had to get protection due to the high amount of death threats he had received.

Also, has this woman never heard of hipster racism, wherein ironic racism has becomes a part of [a young, privileged urban dweller's] identity? Hipsters regularly engage in racism while claiming to be above it all and post-racial. Race is an issue at any age because all of the agents of socialization continue to present the divide. When children go to school and learn that white people are the only ones who did anything historically important, how is that not actively teaching children racism? When they turn on the television and see that white people are everywhere, whereas; POC are relegated to specific roles that are necessarily degrading, how is that not actively teaching them racism? When parents actively have to struggle to find books that have good representations of POC, how is that not affirming racism?

The fact that POC routinely have to present these arguments to white [so-called progressives], is indeed evidence that the world is not post-racial. Instead of listening to what we have to say, some people continue to live in their beautiful utopia, because they know they will never have to deal with the fall out of their privilege and ignorance.

[Editor's note: This post is about the belief that race bias is no longer a valid issue, particularly among children. It is about the CNN guest's assertion that parents who adopt transracially needn't worry about proactive anti-racism. Let's focus on these topics. This post is NOT about Sandra Bullock. Any comments on her personal situation that don't relate to the real topic of this post will be deleted.]

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek, Change.org, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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