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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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Post-race American Triumphalism and the Entrenchment of Colorblind Racial Ideology

Post-race American Triumphalism and the Entrenchment of Colorblind Racial Ideology

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"At This Defining Moment"
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Enid Logan

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814752975.003.0002

This chapter looks at the predominant narrative interpretation of Obama's victory, which is deemed as the “triumphalist narrative of post-race America.” It argues that such a narrative shows a series of deeply problematic assumptions about black Americans, the course of American history, and the roots of social inequality. The narrative's claim that the nation has been proved to be officially race-blind ignores the crucial ways that race did play into the presidential race. This “colorblind individualist” perspective on race dangerously masks entrenched racial inequality while claiming to champion racial justice. The chapter maintains that without an alternative, critical, and empowering analysis of the significance of Obama's win, this narrative is likely to become the new “common sense” about race in the contemporary United States.

Keywords:   black Americans, post-race America, social inequality, colorblind individualism, Barack Obama, race

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