Will We Ever Be A Post-Racial Society? | Lingo With Lyric | Refinery29


Hello everyone! I’m Lyric and this is my show. I was just texting my boyfriend. Today we’re going to talk about the phrase “Post-Race.” For many people, this election was a huge wake-up call. A wake-up call from a deep, deep sleep that
I believe was induced, in part, by the belief that we are in a post-racial society. So, what is post-race? I decided to take to the streets of New York and find out. We’re talking about important issues. Oh, important issues. We need to find some important issues. Right. Some more important issues than race? Have you ever heard post-race before? Never heard of it. I know nothing. You know nothing about race? I know nothing. Have you heard that? I haven’t heard that. I don’t think I’ve heard that. Oh, you mean presidential race or? No, no, no. I’ve heard my uncle speak about it a few
times but I didn’t really listen. Right. In what context did you hear it? Surrounding the election, you know. Just throwing it around in there. It’s interesting. What is it exactly? Post-race would be a world where race doesn’t actually matter but it’s still hugely a factor. So, it’s clear that we need to break this term down. Where did this actually come from? Well, in 1971, a group of 70 politicians and
professors formed a group called the Southern Growth Policies Board. This group was responsible for putting together
policies for the future of the south. The New York Times reported that there were
four black people there out of the 70 who declared that racism was over. Now, let’s just cut to 2008, shall we? When we finally elected a black president. This was another chance for people to throw
around the term “post-race” because the leader of the free world was black, right? An example: here we have Chris Matthews on NBC saying, “You know, I forgot that he was black for an entire hour.” So, are we post-race? Do you think we’ll ever be post-race? That’s like…Such a depressing question! I hope so. I can only hope. Yeah I don’t think anyone should be worried
about race. It’ll be minimized but it won’t be completely gone. Like, what are we now? We’re humans. We differentiate between one person and we
look for things to make them different. It’s always gonna happen. Thank you Ben! Will you just sign a little paper for us? Now that we have gone through this history of this word some really awkward times when people have had to use it I brought in a very old friend and a
new friend of mine to help us talk about what this means for us now. Okay, so let’s talk about how we see post-race play out
out in our everyday lives. Have you guys heard it amongst your friends,
in the streets, or in the news? I see it everyday in the comments sections. I often see people saying, “Oh, haven’t
we moved past this? Get over it!” It doesn’t really acknowledge or respect
the fact that we had a system of laws in this country that put people in the position
to have to regard themselves and their personal safety and livelihood on the basis of race
and to now conveniently want to sweep it away is just not appropriate. If you take an example of someone like Barack Obama I think people who support the narrative of
“post-race” would point to his success But it is completely an erasure of the very
real struggles he had to face as a black man in America. One of the things I found when I was studying
his rhetoric on race was he talked about trying to hail a cab in New York City. Even at that point of being someone of national
stature and notoriety, still having problems doing that. Well, no matter how many degrees you get or
no matter what those vestiges of respectability are There are still people who will see you and treat you like you are less. So now that we can definitely all agree that
we’re definitely not post-race, do we even want to be post-race or do we see a future for ourselves
where we’re post-race? I think it’s both impossible and also would be destructive. My blackness was never the problem. White supremacy was! I want to be able to celebrate blackness and I think so much of black culture reacts to that and it should. I wouldn’t like to see that erased. It’s dangerous not to name it, not to name
the fact that race, like gender and all sorts of other identity markers, do matter and they
really do shape our cultural understanding of who we are and what we can be in the world. Not only are we damaged and harmed, but it
harms everyone else who doesn’t get the richness of what we bring. I think in order to get past this, we need
to prioritize honest and open education surrounding the institutions that were specifically meant
to keep black people, women, etc. out of positions of power and how those still have lingering implications. The conversations that we need to be having
about race, the conversations that we need to be having about injustices just need to
be happening out in the open. I think we’re in a really important juncture
where we can either speak our truth or continue to impede progress moving forward because
I actually do believe that most decent human beings want the same things, values wise. Definitely. Listen everyone, we’ll never be post race
but this doesn’t even have to be a bad thing. All we have to do is be post-racist. Also to be clear, this is not an end-all,
be-all conversation. This is an invitation for you to go out there and
have these conversations with your friends, with your family, and with your coworkers. Check back in with me in the comments and
I’ll see you next time.

55 thoughts on “Will We Ever Be A Post-Racial Society? | Lingo With Lyric | Refinery29

  1. I love Refinery29 and everyone is so kind and friendly there. I love this video and everything about it and think this is a really important topic anytime of the year, but especially now. I love you Refinery29!!!❤️❤️❤️

  2. If she wants post-race, why does she keep mentioning race? I mean, "4 out of 70" being black shouldn't matter, "they are all the same"…

  3. Thank you Lyric and Refinery29 for producing a great video on such a needed topic! Handled so appropriately with nuance, historical context, and a little humor. I am really looking forward to more content like this!

  4. White Americans voted to have a black President for two terms and now that they voted to have a republican because they want to help bring back jobs and fix our economy they're "racist again." Get over it. Look up the percentage of blacks, Hispanics and women that also voted for President-Elect Trump and you'll see that he couldn't have won just by white males voting. Look at how expensive healthcare premiums are and how many families lost their doctors because of Obamacare. Look up how many thousands of people Obama killed using drones strike in the Middle East (tens of thousands). Reality doesn't fit the oppressive America that you keep wanting.

  5. Happy to see this much thought brought to a setting that is often snide and snarky. Lyric has managed to bring genuine curiosity and a fresh take to the central question of the Obama era. Can't wait to see more from her!

  6. People look different, it's very noticeable. I think it's easy to move past 'one race is superior to another', or, one race allows for the development of personal attributes beyond appearance that another doesn't, because those things aren't real and can be proven wrong.

    People take issue if you wear a fedora or have musical tastes outside the mainstream, ignorance will always prevail.

  7. There is supposed to eventually be a time where everyone is the same race because of how connected the world is now. I suppose at that point everyone would be post-race. However, that's very far away so I hope that we, as a society, can reach post-racist soon.

  8. I think that this was very well done. Race is not genetically or biologically defined but is an identity marker which brings in in vs out groups, national vs foreign, differing ways of communication and much more, and those can't be ignored. I don't want to live in a world where differing communication styles are ignored. Those differences should be seen and adapted to by both parties with respect.

  9. Yeah the term "post-racial" doesn't really make sense
    more like "post racism"
    people talk about that, about racism. there's no need to hype up this new term when it's pretty much the same topic.

    Law-Wise, you could say we are post racism, but "society/culture" wise not 100%, so yea

    even if we ever "were to become post racial", that doesn't mean that it can get flipped back into racism again at some point later, it'll probably make shifts.

  10. I'm very proud of Lyric and honored to call her my sister! This is a topic that should be talked about more and I learned so much from it. She's such a great interviewer and speaker. I really enjoyed it!

  11. The idea of post-race is interesting, because when I think about it, in America, race is upfront and present. In comparison to a place like Canada, where race seems to play out subtly, and is overlooked. Neither country is post-race. Race is a part of society, and is ingrained in our bias' and worldly perceptions, I don't think it will ever disappear, so shouldn't our freedoms and sense of justice always be defended, respected, understood, and revered no matter who we are? Perhaps, the method by which we observe others is what needs amending for a peaceful and compassionate cohabitation.

  12. Race should be celebrated. More importantly , celebrated together. We are all equal as in we are all human beings , but we are all different and we should recognize those differences in a positive way

  13. I saw her today in the newspaper and fell in love immediately. I said to myself "She's my type right there". Only to find out the reason i'm reading about this person is because they found her dead in the Bronx today. What the fuck man? Rest up Shorty. Maybe in another life. Life is just fucked up that kinda way.

  14. Beauty you was to young to die this way or anyway….i hope you R.I.P
    i feel realy sorry for the great loss in ur family
    I hope u both are happy on the other side! ..so sad 🙁

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  16. The way she says "this is my show!" at the beginning just broke my heart. Such a sweet, talented and promising young woman. Rest in Power

  17. Damn this young woman has such a graceful intelligent & direct way about her. Sadly, reading about Lyric's life in the New York Times led me here…really sorry for it to be so. RIP Lyric

  18. Race is what you make it to be…..it’s time to get over this in society. The media is constantly keeping it inflamed. The media is one of the biggest problem in society these days in keeping it to the forefront.

  19. My condolences to your family and friends. RIP, Lyric. I just read about you in the NYT. I admire this video you did.

  20. What an incredible young woman. I’m so sad and heartsick for her family and friends. I’m outraged and sickened by our society’s loss of the brilliance, leadership, ideas and potential of this bright young woman.

  21. this is so compelling. It is a must-watch for people who object to the uber-racist Michelle Obama. Never witnessed anyone who hated white folk as much as that wench.

  22. notice how they mixed racism w supposed injustice faced by women, they do that to dilute the issue of racism Blacks face.

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