The Landscape of Race in the 21st Century
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.
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