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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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Rooted in the Black Community but Not Limited to It

Rooted in the Black Community but Not Limited to It

The Perils and Promises of the New Politics of Race

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"At This Defining Moment"

Enid Logan

NYU Press

This chapter presents a theoretical explanation of the aspects of the new politics of race. Journalists, experts, and commentators from across the political spectrum now refer to the “new race politics” in seeking to describe, and influence, racial dynamics in the age of Obama. The largely celebrated new politics of race is an outgrowth, or elaboration, of the ideology of colorblind individualism which focuses on the responsibilities of blacks in achieving a society free of racial strife. The chapter demonstrates how there were many moments in the 2008 election in which the “new” politics of race were juxtaposed against the “old.” While the new race politics constitute a form of colorblindness in the defense of white racial privilege, it may hold some promise in terms of formulating new ways of thinking about and dealing with race.

Keywords:   new race politics, racial dynamics, Barack Obama, colorblind individualism, white racial privilege, race

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