February 8, 2010


King Week keynote gives definitions

What would Martin Luther King Jr. think of the post-racial attitude in today’s society? That was the question Kimberle` Crenshaw used to preface her King Week keynote address.

Crenshaw, a Columbia and UCLA law professor, defined post-racialism as a means to ignore racial injustice.  Post-racialism is a way “to silence those of us who do think about race.”

She treated the audience to a simulated conversation between King and “Barry King,” the invented offspring of CNN’s Larry King.  Is America really post-racial? The great civil rights leader’s imagined response: “I’m having difficulty understanding how far we’ve come. And the language of gradualism is mistaken for the language of arrival.”

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