The Persistence of the Color Line

The Persistence of the Color Line

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Timelya€”as the 2012 presidential election nearsa€”and controversial, here is the first book by a major African-American public intellectual on racial politics and the Obama presidency. Renowned for his cool reason vis-An-vis the pitfalls and clichAcs of racial discourse, Randall Kennedya€”Harvard professor of law and author of the New York Times best seller Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Worda€”gives us a keen and shrewd analysis of the complex relationship between the first black president and his African-American constituency. Kennedy tackles such hot-button issues as the nature of racial opposition to Obama, whether Obama has a singular responsibility to African Americans, electoral politics and cultural chauvinism, black patriotism, the differences in Obamaa€™s presentation of himself to blacks and to whites, the challenges posed by the dream of a postracial society, and the far-from-simple symbolism of Obama as a leader of the Joshua generation in a country that has elected only three black senators and two black governors in its entire history. Eschewing the critical excesses of both the left and the right, Kennedy offers a gimlet-eyed view of Obamaa€™s triumphs and travails, his strengths and weaknesses, as they pertain to the troubled history of race in America. From the Hardcover edition.Timelya€”as the 2012 presidential election nearsa€”and controversial, here is the first book by a major African-American public intellectual on racial politics and the Obama presidency.


Title:The Persistence of the Color Line
Author: Randall Kennedy
Publisher:Vintage - 2011-08-16
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