Is Postracial American Even Attainable?

The immediate response to Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 presidential election was shaped by declarations of a postracial America. Amidst the celebration of the first African American president was a subsidiary narrative of the backlash Obama would face for the next 8 years in office, putting into question how progressive America was regarding race and racism. Although it would be naive to understate how historic the 2008 election result was, it would be a glaring mistake to believe America is postracial because of that. Racism remains a discernible issue individually and…