Racial Equity

Post Racial America: Is Obama a Symbol of the New American Dilemma?

July 8, 2010  • Aspen Institute Staff

The election of President Barack Obama has called into question many people’s view of the salience of race in American culture. Has America’s racial destiny been fulfilled with the election of the nation’s first black president? Are debates about race still relevant or should we view race in a new, transcendent way? Is having a post-racial American Culture a desirable goal? What would it really mean to live in a color-blind American Culture?

This conversation from the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival features Patricia Williams, David Levering Lewis, Claude Steele, and Ellis Cose. Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic moderated the discussion.