It seems that since Obama is in office, people have kicked up their heels and and declared progress for all: there’s less people attending anti-war and immigration rallies, and having a Black president has blanketed the racial tensions we felt a mere 6 months ago when he was running for office and people were declaring him a “terrorist”. Upon the dawning of two Caucasian MCs and their newest album releases, Asher Roth and Eminem, respectively, America is revisiting the notion of race and how our simple actions under a public microscope can affect millions of people around the country. As much as I think that “post-racism” is a bunch of crap, I do believe what Jay Smooth says, that togetherness doesn’t mean less sensitivity about issues, or blurred boundaries, but rather maintaining a level of respect that goes beyond polite recognition. And the fact that a bad joke is less about people “lightening up” and more about watching what you say, and most importantly, keeping the friends you have.
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