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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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Asian and Latino Voters in the 2008 Election

Asian and Latino Voters in the 2008 Election

The Politics of Color in the Racial Middle

(p.81) 6 Asian and Latino Voters in the 2008 Election
"At This Defining Moment"

Enid Logan

NYU Press

This chapter explores racial politics among Asian and Latino voters in the 2008 contest. It specifically evaluates the usefulness of a black/white understanding of race relations for grasping the experiences of non-black populations of color, in addition to examining Claire Jean Kim's concept of “racial triangulation.” The national discussions about race that took place during the 2008 presidential campaign were overwhelmingly framed in terms of black and white. The members of the racial middle, while not entirely absent from the discourse about race, were mostly peripheral to it. The chapter shows how Latino and Asian voters were most often presented as the racial antagonists of African Americans. This representation of Latino and Asian voters had a functional role in the larger narrative of the election, as it served to verify the whites' own triumph over race.

Keywords:   2008 election, Asian voters, Latino voters, race relations, racial triangulation, Claire Jean Kim, racial middle

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