2) This casual postmodernism captures some of what one might mean in speaking of post-blackness, but it also obscures some meanings, and squanders a fascinating opportunity to put the posterizing impulse in the service of a comprehensive understanding of contemporary racial conditions.
Posterizing blackness can go beyond throwaway lines and gathering notions to provide some insight into the philosophical structure of the history of race-thinking.
That is: It might seem that the idea of post-blackness is fairly straightforward, After all, it borrows its "post-" from postmodernism, and enough ideas about postmodernism have trickled down into lay culture to make this or any other instance of the posterizing impulse easily explicable.
Posterizing is a complex enterprise, enjoining those who would engage in it to embrace and to reject the past, while also embracing but remaining wary of the present.
But a few broadly applicable motivations for the temporal rhetoric of posterizing do stand out.
Very broadly speaking, posterizing is a device for understanding divergent evolution, for clearing conceptual space, or for expressing skepticism and suspicion.
The second motivation for posterizing has to do with what Appiah calls a space-clearing gesture (In My Father's House 149).
The difficulty of naming an emerging practice leads directly to the third approach to posterizing.