The American Prospect and Demos – with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, created a collection of essays offering a fresh assessment of the nature of conversations on race and racism in 21st century America, as well as an examination of opportunities for racial healing. While there have been achievements in the effort to eradicate racism, it still remains a powerful force in American culture, business and politics, making it critical, now more than ever to find ways have generative conversations toward racial healing. This April 2011 special report opens with an introduction by Shirley Sherrod, who reminds readers that working together “toward racial healing” is the only way to overcome the divisions and hatred which fuel racism today. The topics in the rest of this series of essays range from a discussion of public opinion about racism to how mainstream media cover (and often don’t cover) issues that may adversely impact minorities.
In evaluating the state of racism in 21st century America, some of the greatest change is coming from youth leaders. On behalf of The American Prospect, journalist Momo Chang talked with 4 of these leaders from around the U.S. about their individual struggles as minorities and what they’re doing to make a difference. Their stories are featured in the April issue of the special report on race in America entitled “Color Blinded: Do Americans see race too much – or not enough?” recently published by The American Prospect and Demos.