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Attention must be paid: this isn’t about race relations; it’s about racial justice

Attention must be paid.
Attention must be paid.

By Alan Bean

Glancing at the paper this morning over breakfast, I noticed the headline, “Race relations arguably worse in ‘Age of Obama'”.

That banal conclusion is based on a recent poll suggesting that 43% of Americans believe that having an African-American president has not helped race relations, while only 34% believe it has helped.

This assumes that race relations–white folks and people of color getting along–is what we’re shooting for. ┬áIt isn’t. (more…)