Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction: Welcome to Post-Racial America

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pp. 1-16

As my son and I walked down the street, taking our usual route with our dog, we crossed paths with a man I’d never seen in our neighborhood before. He appeared to be white and seemed to be looking for something specific, as if he needed directions. He smiled at us as we approached, looked at the dog, and asked from a few yards away, “What...

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1. Post-Racial News: Covering the “Joshua Generation”

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pp. 17-64

The earliest reference to “post-racial” I could find in the news appeared in a 1976 Newsweek article about then-presidential candidate Jimmy Carter. The reporter described the Georgia Democrat as one of a small handful of white politicians who were willing to “gamble his future on a new post-racial Southern politics” in the years prior to the major legal...

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2. Brothers from Another Mother: Rescripting Religious Ties to Overcome the Racial Past

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pp. 65-96

One type of post-racial discourse suggests that other sources of communal identities—nation, gender, or class—are more legitimate means for classifying groups and organizing political action. Race, in these discussions, is often characterized as a distraction from these more valid...

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3. The Post-Racial Family: Parenthood and the Politics of Interracial Relationships on TV

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pp. 97-132

Network entertainment television has served as one barometer of racial inclusion and sentiment.1 Although the networks have certainly been conservative in terms of the pace of racial integration—both in front of and behind the cameras—television producers’ responses to the challenges of representing diversity provide us with an interesting gauge of...

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4. Post-Racial Audiences: Discussions of Parenthood’s Interracial Couple

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pp. 133-164

As T. F.’s remark demonstrates, fictional television shows can inspire strong feelings. Viewers connect with storylines and characters, consciously and unconsciously judging the motives of the characters, as well as evaluating how skillfully the writers develop storylines. It is thus particularly important for studies of post-racial media to examine how...

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5. Not “Post-Racial,” Race-Aware: Blogging Race in the Twenty-First Century

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pp. 165-186

One troubling omission from the post-racial discourse I have analyzed thus far is the idea of “anti-racism.” I thought it reasonable to expect that, in the news, more folks would refer to anti-racism in some way, shape, or form to argue that we were on the verge of a post-racial society. Whether the term appeared in the context of crediting anti-racist...

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Conclusion: Back to the Post-Racial Future

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pp. 187-206

On February 27, 2013, two events occurred that together caught the attention of news commentators’ irony detectors. One was President Barack Obama’s dedication of a statue of civil rights activist Rosa Parks. The other was the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing of arguments against the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Indeed, many television news outlets moved...

Notes

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pp. 207-232

Index

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pp. 233-234

About the Author

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