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Price believes that Obama's "carefully moderated version of Blackness" that found acceptance from a majority of the electorate prohibited him from advancing public policies targeted at improving black lives. Moreover, he was limited to talking about race in one particular way--as black pathology. By examining Obama's speeches dealing with race as well as the infamous "Beer Summit," Price concludes that rather than advancing postracism, Obama may have deepened white beliefs in black pathology. His consistent references to black behavior and personal responsibility when addressing African American audiences, while not unusual among black leaders, opened up a traditional, oppositional black public space to scrutiny by outsiders and reinforced their beliefs.
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I would argue that many Americans, of many racial backgrounds, saw the election of a Black President as an opportunity for Black satisfaction, or rather, complacency. Since a Black man had reached the highest office in the nation, obviously it meant that racism was over.
Nothing could be further from the truth. If Black politics remains a group-based endeavor that is led, in part, by Black elected officials, then Black elected officials have to talk about the way certain public policies continue to have a disproportionate impact on Black communities.
That is an explicit racial discussion that threatens to upset dominant perceptions and norms and potentially spurns white voters. Understanding how to simultaneously support Black candidates who run for office at the state and national level and a Black political agenda that ameliorates racial inequality is the most important challenge to emerge in the Obama era. I propose that the ticket that could save us is in fact the platform of Black Lives Matter.
Black Lives Matter in the age of Obama just might be the fire this time. She earned a Ph. Share with a friend:.
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