The mythology of a post-racial America is predicated on the acceptance of a black president, or black cops, or Chicanos on the school board, or the many faces of neo-colonialism. Of course this conceit is ridiculous, because when you look at who feels the impact of racial oppression, it ain’t white folks. That’s not who is predominately being imprisoned; that’s not what all the statistics about the economy say. And yet the post-racial argument becomes the language and logic of why people should accept the oppressive relationship to the state. Whether you’re black or brown, Asian or white, you can feel better about oppression if you don’t believe it’s an expression of white supremacy and racism, despite the reality that the state is carrying out a very white-supremacist and racist agenda.
This is part of the mythology of repression and how it functions, and it’s part of reinforcing its acceptability that it puts forward a democratic mythology that is liberating and post-racial. The purpose of creating a black figurehead and electing somebody like an Obama is that, under that political leadership, they can actually accelerate a level of repression beyond what preceded him under Bush. Claude Marks (via nowarbutthewaronchristmas)