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Postracialism or Targeted Universalism?

By john a. powell

After the election of the first African-American U.S. president, many ascribe to the notion of "postracialism" as a kind of positive race blindness and assert that focusing on race-specific programs or talking about race is divisive. To the contrary, a false universal approach to public programs, such as those of the New Deal, Veterans Affairs, Social Security Act, and GI Bill illustrate, reveals many inequities. To keep this conversation alive, advocates need to learn about structural racialization and implicit bias. Copies of this article are

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