chapter  2
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Critical Race Th eory Critique of Colorblindness

One of the most profound problems that critical race theory scholars confront in addressing racial inequality is the widely held idea that, as a result of the Civil Rights Movement, the United States is now a colorblind society. Th is notion is further problematized with the election of Barack Obama to the presidency, an event to which political pundits point to suggest that we are not only a colorblind society, but a post-racial society. According to this view, not only do we no longer see or consider race-race no longer exists. Colorblindness suggests that today everybody enjoys equal treatment without regard to race. Th e notion of colorblindness is a product of liberal ideology that equates political rights with social equality without interrogating the many ways that race and racism play out in contemporary society to reproduce ongoing social inequality.