Byrd, Daniel

Daniel Byrd, Ph.D. is research director at the Greenlining Institute.

Post-Racial? Not Even Close

By Daniel Byrd, Ph.D. and Bruce Mirken
Greenlining Institute

After Barack Obama’s election as president, a number of pundits rushed to declare that America had entered a “post-racial” era, and issues of race could go on the historical scrap heap next to the Cold War and typewriters. They were, it turns out, spectacularly wrong.

To assess attitudes toward race as we approach Obama’s reelection campaign, we analyzed data from one of the most highly regarded academic surveys of political opinion, the American National Election Survey, led by researchers at Stanford and the University of Michigan. We found a racial divide with serious implications for a nation well on its way to having a nonwhite majority.