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The Post-Racial MystiqueMedia and Race in the Twenty-First Century$
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Catherine R. Squires

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762899

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762899.001.0001

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Not “Post-Racial,” Race-Aware

Not “Post-Racial,” Race-Aware

Blogging Race in the Twenty-First Century

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The Post-Racial Mystique

Catherine R. Squires

NYU Press

This chapter examines a handful of blogs and websites that have gained circulation within traditional media as well as the Internet. Three websites in particular—Racialicious, the Black Snob, and Color-Lines—exemplify a diverse, complex set of concerns and approaches to rethinking race in the twenty-first century. These sites provide readers with information and perspectives that were rare in traditional news media. Moving between identity groups, pop culture, and politics, these sites suggest that post-racialism requires people to be actively anti-racist in everyday life, and reminds everyone that any post-racial era will be the product of much more discussion and reform. The study conducted computer searches to see which key terms appeared most often with “post-racial.” The data reveals that although most people would agree that “post-racial” means that racism has been eliminated, commentators and journalists did not see fit to extol the virtues of anti-racism.

Keywords:   traditional media, Internet, Racialicious, the Black Snob, Color-Lines, race, twenty-first century, post-racial, anti-racism, journalists

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