Sharon found this interesting article from The Boston Globe about race relations post-Obama’s election. I like how the reporters got input from different generations, and different walks of life in this article. -JCD

Checking racism’s postelection pulse

Checking race's post-election pulse

As they woke yesterday morning, settling into the news that voters had elected an African-American to be the next president, schoolchildren and professors, chief executives and bus drivers, black people, white people, and others were asking themselves a simple question.

Is racism in America dead?

The answer, coming as people began to digest the fact that a majority of Americans had chosen a black man, Barack Obama, to be the 44th president, was not nearly as straightforward. No, but sort of. Maybe, but probably not. While Obama’s achievement was profound, its psychological lift enormous for many, the impact on the rhythms of people’s everyday lives was revealing itself in subtler ways.

In Dudley Square, a teenager said he would no longer be stared at like a “creature” when he walks into downtown office buildings full of white people. A middle-aged mother from Roxbury hoped racial profiling by police would be less likely to occur. In a Dorchester classroom, an Asian-American teacher said he felt emboldened to pursue his dream of becoming a school principal or superintendent.

Amid the hope, there were reverberating notes of caution.

“Racism is not dead in America,” said Wayne A. Budd, former US attorney for Massachusetts, who in 1979 became the first black president of the Massachusetts Bar Association. “But I think the president-elect transcended race in many ways. People see him as Obama, the person, the leader, the powerful figure, and don’t necessarily focus on his race. That in itself is an enormous accomplishment. But racism? Is it dead? Certainly not.”

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