For the past several years, I have been trying to focus on how everyday-average Americans think and feel about the use of race in our society.
Are we really obsessed with race as the media and politicians claims? I have tried to explore this question by speaking to people of different races and ethnicity. Also, I listen and watch TV news, commercials, newspapers, college books and any other source of current information I can find. Based on the information I have gathered so far, most regular folks don’t really think about race that much on their own. Rather, their primary source of reinforcement of race and its differences or divisions arises from media, educational institutions and government.
This presents a very curious picture indeed. If Americans don’t generally seem that concern with the race of their friends, co-workers, classmates, etc., why do our sources of information reflect a different view? How can America be post racial, when our political climate illustrates an entirely different tone towards race?
I want to answer these questions. I want to find out where the problem truly lies, who or what initiates and aggravates this constant insistence and reminder of why race matters in America.
Hence, for a unspecified period of time, I will be conducting polls, surveys and exchanging ideas and information with anyone and everyone that is interested in finding the answers. Anyone that is interested to know if we truly are who we feel we are..
— George Santayana