Many Americans believed the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president heralded the zenith of the civil rights movement and ushered in a color-blind society. Two years later that assumption is being questioned.
“We need to get past the euphoria of November 2008 and see the problems we still have,” said John Payton, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. “It’s a myth that we’re in a post-racial society. Now is absolutely not a time to be complacent.”