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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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In Defense of the White Nation

In Defense of the White Nation

The Modern Conservative Movement and the Discourse of Exclusionary Nationalism

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"At This Defining Moment"

Enid Logan

NYU Press

This chapter looks at the racial politics of the right, asserting that the “real America” narrative forwarded by the McCain/Palin campaign was rooted in the racially coded populist discourse that the right has aggressively forwarded since the late 1970s. According to this discourse, the nation is endangered by cultural and demographic trends characteristic of the present age—non-white immigration, secular liberalism, gay rights, feminism, “black racism,” political correctness, and Islamic terrorism. Obama was viewed as the embodiment of these threats, a foreign other who stood in opposition to the interests of “everyday Americans” and the nation itself. The chapter illustrates how a vote for the Republican ticket is supposedly a vote to uphold the sanctity and security of conservative, white, Christian America.

Keywords:   racial politics, American Right, McCain/Palin campaign, non-white immigration, secular liberalism, gay rights, feminism, Islamic terrorism, Republican, Christian America

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