Hark! A Wise Man

Are people really saying the U.S. is "post-racism?!" Because that's dumb: Racism is faaaaar from over. But people are saying it! Like, "Now that the president is black, there's no more discrimination against black people." Yeah, right. Or as author Tim Wise points out, no one would argue that Pakistan is free from sexism, just because Benazir Bhutto was prime minister. Wise's book Between Barack and a Hard Place makes a lot of common-sense points like that, in the service of challenging people's assumptions about what the First Family means.
Tue., May 5, 7 p.m., 2009

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