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Towards a Colorblind Society: A Conversation with Coleman Hughes

Tuesday February 2024


Coleman Hughes Author, The End of Race Politics: Arguments for a Colorblind America
Reihan Salam President @reihan

Nearly 60 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the goal of living in a colorblind society remains stubbornly out of reach. Recent polling revealed that Americans are more pessimistic than optimistic about the country’s ability to ensure racial equality of all people regardless of race or ethnicity. What has led many Americans to have such a dismal view of race relations? In what ways have policies and institutions strayed from working towards a colorblind ideal?

In a new book, Coleman Hughes argues against the rise of the anti-racist movement, which in Hughes’s view has only led to more grievance, victimhood, and marginalization among Black Americans, rather than prosperity and upward mobility. The pursuit of anti-racist policies—including those under the banner of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)—will only create the illusion of racial equality without leading to any substantive change.

Please join us for a reception and conversation with Coleman Hughes, author of The End of Race Politics: Arguments for a Colorblind America. Hughes will discuss the abandonment of colorblindness as an aspiration; how Americans can reflect constructively about race relations and their own lived experience; and the prospect of achieving true equality and progress.