post-ra·​cial ˌpōst-ˈrā-shəl How to pronounce post-racial (audio)
variants or less commonly postracial
: having overcome or moved beyond racism : having reached a stage or time at which racial prejudice no longer exists or is no longer a major social problem
And for all of the positive impact that Obama's presidency had on black people, it still could not make America the post-racial society many thought it would be after Obama's election.Kevin Cokley

Examples of post-racial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For much of his career, O.J. Simpson symbolized a post-racial America. NPR, 11 Apr. 2024 One exemplifies post-racial America—a Black professor, his white wife, and their biracial daughter—and the other is a troupe of caricatures in blackface. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 8 Jan. 2024 Hynes says the term transracial adoptee has had a controversial history, first originating in the 1960s when it was used by social workers and white adoptive parents who envisioned a post-racial society with a new colorblind paradigm. Sierra Lyons, Parents, 1 Dec. 2023 The film’s true insidiousness in propagating this myth lies in the fact that the post-racial concept doesn’t intend to decouple Oher from his Black identity. Gerald Nesmith, Essence, 1 Sep. 2023 In 2009, people were talking about a post-racial America. Abc News, ABC News, 16 Aug. 2023 But instead of post-racial hope, the city is facing a new kind of racist violence. Noah Berlatsky, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2023 While the whole family delights in positioning themselves as liberal and post-racial (Rose's dad would have voted for Obama a third time!), there's a dark plot behind why Chris has been invited there in the first place. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 31 July 2023 Without safeguards, this new minstrelsy will produce the inverse effect of the post-racial fallacy peddled during the Obama years. Jason Parham, WIRED, 21 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of post-racial was in 1971

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“Post-racial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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