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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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Racial Politics under the First Black President

Racial Politics under the First Black President

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(p.121) 8 Racial Politics under the First Black President
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"At This Defining Moment"
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Enid Logan

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814752975.003.0008

This concluding chapter discusses how developments since the election relate to the larger arguments that have been presented in the book, as well as the legacy of the 2008 election for the politics of race and nation in the future. What the 2008 elections illustrated was not that race no longer matters in American politics or that the United States is irredeemably racist; rather, that a certain kind of black candidate, relying on a specific deployment of blackness, could in fact make it to the presidency. The chapter looks at two political movements that are further to the right of the political spectrum—the “birthers” and the Tea Party—both of which gained substantial notoriety in the first two years post-election, in part because of the racially tinged nature of their intense opposition to the president.

Keywords:   2008 election, race, American politics, racism, blackness, birthers, Tea Party

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