Changing the Race: Prominent Authors Contest “Post-Racial Presidency”

On November 6, 2013 Applied Research Center (ARC) was rebranded as Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. The content on this page was published on the ARC website prior to the rebrand.

  Changing the Race comprises a collection of thoughtful essays analyzing the complexities of how race played out in the presidential race. These writers identify the trends, the lessons, the facts and the lies.

Each contributor to Changing the Race provides a different dimension of the racial puzzle. Among the 16 essays include "Obama's Candidacy: The Advent of Post-Racial America and the End of Black Politics?” by Women of Color Resource Center cofounder Linda Burnham and "Swinging Virginia in Roanoke" by The Nation and Guardian (UK) columnist Gary Younge.

Race is a defining factor in the way our society is structured and in the way our elections and politics are contested. Much progress has been made since the Civil Rights era, but much ground has also been lost. The popular notion of racism as personal prejudice ignores the historic and systemic inequities that continue to produce everyday benefits and burdens based on race.

"Changing the Race asks and answers compelling questions about the 2008 election, including whether President Obama's election has ushered in a new &l'post-racial' era," says ARC executive director Rinku Sen. "The authors provide a resounding 'no.' Obama's presidency may be a most important cultural symbol of racial progress, but on the ground, people are still waiting and working for change."

FOUNDED IN 1981, the Applied Research Center is America's largest think tank on race. ARC investigates the hidden racial consequences of public policy initiatives and develops new frameworks to resolve racially charged debates. With offices in New York, Chicago, and Oakland, ARC serves its mission through three program areas: Media and Journalism, Strategic Research and Policy Analysis, and the Racial Justice Leadership Action Network. ARC is also the publisher of ColorLines magazine.