In other words, we are neither merely individuals, nor merely Americans. Race continues to matter. Only by being aware of that meaning and resolving to view individuals and communities as they really are—which requires acknowledging their languages, cultures, traditions, and racialized experiences—can we actually hope to build the kind of democracy that treats all persons fairly and equally.
--From Colorblind: The Rise of Post-racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity
Part two of Racialicious' Tim Wise interview.