Thursday, December 11, 2014

Despite progress on racism, the uncomfortable truth is that work remains - Summary 7

Author Euguene Robinson, in his opinion essay "Despite progress on racism, the uncomfortable truth is that work remains," from The Washington Post's opinion section, declares that America has a long way to go before becoming a post-racial society. He opens with impactful rhetoric, dismissing Obama's statement that racism is "deeply rooted" in the U.S. as an "understatement", asserting that racism is as "American as the 4th of July", and finally alluding to The Declaration of independence in proclaiming that the truth that racism still exists is "self evident" (Paragraph 1, 2). Throughout the essay he analyzes the statistics that say that most Americans feel that race relations have deteriorated under Obama (Paragraph 9). To him, this indicates that something is lacking in Obama's leadership. He also condemns Obama for continuing to spout the obvious about American society rather than speaking out against the blatant oppressive actions being taken against black Americans. He implores Obama to "speak from the heart" and "tell the truth uncomfortable truth" about race so that America can begin to make real, further progress (Paragraph 15). He holds that unless Obama gets real, and moves away from the vague, conciliatory speeches, race relations and authority relations will not improve.

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