When the Obama administration took office in 2009, there was a groundswell of belief that America was entering a “post-racial” era in which preference, discrimination and prejudice would begin to dissipate and that minorities, especially African-Americans, would begin to see themselves in a better economic and social position.
As many Americans ask themselves whether or not they are better off than they were four years ago, social critics and economists have re-examined the question of a post-racial America under Obama. Though the President himself has expressed doubt that his election was going to end America’s cultural divide, there are signs that America’s black population isn’t much better off than they were in 2008– and in some cases, they are worse off. A new book titled Invisible Men: Mass Incarceration and the Myth of Black Progress examines the plight of young black males and how an entire generation of men are still far behind in terms of wealth, employment, income, and health.
In an Open Society Foundation conference titled Innovation and Impact Forum for Black Male Achievement, progressive philanthropist George Soros expresses concern that even under an African-American president, the justice system is still unfair toward black males.