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Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education

In 2008 the country elected its first president of African descent.1 In recent years, several

states have legalized marriage between same-gender couples. The speaker of the House of

Representatives is a woman and a former first lady serves as secretary of state. A recent report

found that the “Millennial Generation,” those born between 1978 and 2000, are significantly

more progressive than earlier generations were; they are more likely to support gay marriage, take

race and gender equality for granted, be tolerant of religious and family diversity, have an open

and positive attitude toward immigration, and display little interest in divisive social issues.2 Are

these signs that discrimination and oppression have come to an end in this country? Is racism a

thing of the past?