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"At This Defining Moment"Barack Obama's Presidential Candidacy and the New Politics of Race$
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Enid Lynette Logan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814752975

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814752975.001.0001

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The Landscape of Race in the 21st Century

(p.1) 1 Introduction
"At This Defining Moment"

Enid Logan

NYU Press

This introductory chapter talks about America's journey toward electing its first non-white president in its history—a time period that spans more than two centuries. It delves into the problematic, anxious, and determined questionings of the nature, meaning, and authenticity of Obama's blackness; in addition to the multiracial electorate's responses to the narratives of national triumph, racial redemption, and post-racialism during Obama's campaign. The main issue here is how Barack Obama's presidential candidacy served to reflect and create the dynamics of race in the contemporary United States. Obama's election will have a long-term influence on race relations in this country, and it is perceived to have ushered in a “new age” in American racial politics, one that is likely to set the parameters for teaching, activism, and scholarship about race for the coming decades.

Keywords:   Barack Obama, non-white president, blackness, racial redemption, post-racialism, American racial politics

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