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Editor's Column: Traversing the Fantasy of Postraciality

Editor's Column: Traversing the Fantasy of Postraciality Editor s Column Traversing the Fantasy of Postraciality This issue focuses on figuring race, exploring the ways we imagine, represent, and construct race today. In Between the World and M , Tea- Nehisi Coates poetically notes, “Race is the child of racism, not the fat1her If race is t .” he child, and not the father, of racism, then race tis he product of racist ideology. Race is posited retro- spectively as the condition of possibility for racism, and this misreading plays a significant part in the perpetuation of racism in a society that putatively strives to overcome its violence. The events of Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12, 2017 serve as a tragic reminder of the persistence of race, a reminder that we are not living in an age of postraciality. A co b lo lind, race r- less society remains at best a distant future, at worst an ideological idea that dangerously distorts how w - e under stand race and racism. At one level, what Charlottesville revealed has been well documented: the persistence of racism in the United States, spurred today by the Alt- Right. Charlottesville showed the obstinacy and unabashed display of anti- Semitism, Islamophobia, antiblackness, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Editor's Column: Traversing the Fantasy of Postraciality

The Comparatist , Volume 42 – Nov 19, 2018

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © Southern Comparative Literature Association.
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Abstract

Editor s Column Traversing the Fantasy of Postraciality This issue focuses on figuring race, exploring the ways we imagine, represent, and construct race today. In Between the World and M , Tea- Nehisi Coates poetically notes, “Race is the child of racism, not the fat1her If race is t .” he child, and not the father, of racism, then race tis he product of racist ideology. Race is posited retro- spectively as the condition of possibility for racism, and this misreading plays a significant part in the perpetuation of racism in a society that putatively strives to overcome its violence. The events of Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12, 2017 serve as a tragic reminder of the persistence of race, a reminder that we are not living in an age of postraciality. A co b lo lind, race r- less society remains at best a distant future, at worst an ideological idea that dangerously distorts how w - e under stand race and racism. At one level, what Charlottesville revealed has been well documented: the persistence of racism in the United States, spurred today by the Alt- Right. Charlottesville showed the obstinacy and unabashed display of anti- Semitism, Islamophobia, antiblackness, and

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 19, 2018

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