An Unlikely Path for a Changed Mind
In a comment over on Ian Donnis’s blog, Jim Taricani illustrates an error of thought common among his generation:
Many of my contemporaries have done a fine job of talking with political correctness about race.
But too many lacked the guts to actually THINK political correctness with real conviction.
Maybe, just maybe, Obama’s election represents the first important step to an America that is truly color-blind, both in mind and spirit.
Political correctness is a key reason that Obama’s election will not represent what Taricani hopes it will, because to internalize political correctness is to internalize consciousness of race. As long as there remain cultural differences from one race to another, it will always represent a degree of self-delusion to be “truly color-blind,” but to impose right thinking is to ensure that somebody’s race is always integral to his or her identity — that he or she is always an “African American,” and never just an American.