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Obama, Education Policy, and the Allure of a Post Race America America


by Andrea Kayne Kaufman — November 25, 2008

While the idea of a Post Race America is alluring and certainly desirable, as a school law attorney and professor in graduate education, the use of this language concerns me. This is because the notion of a Post Race America has also been used by many to undermine education law enacted to overcome the vestiges of years of institutional racial discrimination. Many opponents of desegregation and affirmative action, for example, have used some articulation of a Post Race America to support their arguments against important measures to ensure equality in public education. Slavery and segregation no longer matter they say and we who are fighting for racial equality are actually perpetuating racial discrimination by continuing to live in a world that has long past.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 25, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15451, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 12:17:31 AM

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  • Andrea Kaufman
    DePaul University School of Education
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    ANDREA KAYNE KAUFMAN received her Juris Doctorate in 1993 from University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Masters of Education in 1990 from Harvard Graduate School of Education; and a Bachelor of Arts in 1988 from Vassar College. She is an Associate Professor at DePaul University School of Education, specializing in school law.
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