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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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(p.187) Conclusion
The Post-Racial Mystique

Catherine R. Squires

NYU Press

This concluding chapter presents a meditation on race, media, and memory and suggests that a vigorous re-examination of how people tell stories of their racial past is necessary both to demystify post-racialism and to learn strategies for promoting racial justice. It highlights the significance of collective memories which are part of the “social imaginary,” and commemorative practices. Together, these two provide a field within which people recognize the “deep meanings” that circulate in culture. Commemorations are part of the periodic renewal of democratic society. At these times, people transmit core values, reinvigorate associations, and engage in public advocacy. The chapter concludes by excavating and deconstructing the ways in which dominant collective memories of racial “anniversaries,” so to speak, are anchored to problematic deep meanings of race, individualism, innocence, government, and responsibility.

Keywords:   race, media, memory, racial past, post-racialism, racial justice, collective memories, commemorative practices, culture, racial anniversaries

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