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Obamas and a (Post) Racial America?

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ISBN-10: 0199735204

ISBN-13: 9780199735204

Edition: 2010

Authors: Gregory Parks, Matthew W. Hughey, John Jost, Charles Ogletree

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The United States has taken a long and winding road to racial equality, especially as it pertains to relations between blacks and whites. On November 4, 2008, when Barack Hussein Obama was elected as the forty-fourth President of the United States and first black person to occupy the highest office in the land, many wondered whether that road had finally come to an end. Do we now live in a post-racial nation? According to this book's contributors, a more nuanced and contemporary analysis and measurement of racial attitudes undercuts this assumption. They contend that despite the election of the first black President and rise of his family as possibly the most recognized family in the world, race remains a salient issue-particularly in the United States. Looking beyond public behaviors and how people describe their own attitudes, the contributors draw from the latest research to show how, despite the Obama family's rapid rise to national prominence, many Americans continue to harbor unconscious, anti-black biases. But there are whispers of change. The Obama family's position may yet undermine, at the unconscious level, anti-black attitudes in the United States and abroad. The prominence of the Obamas on the world stage and the image they project may hasten the day when America is indeed post-racial, even at the implicit level.
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Book details

List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/5/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Charles Ogletree is the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at the law school. He is the author of four books on race and the law, including the critically acclaimed All Deliberate Speed, and has received numerous awards and honors, including being named one of the 100+ Most Influential Black Americans byEbonyMagazine. In the immediate aftermath of the Crowley-Gates incident, Ogletree acted not only as counsel to professor Gates but continues to be special counsel to President Obama and advisor on police behavior to both Harvard University and the City of Cambridge.

Contributors
Introduction
Measuring Racial Progress in America: The Tangled Path
Commentary: Constraint and Freedom in the �Age of Obama�
Implicit Bias: A Better Metric for Racial Progress?
Commentary: The Erasure of the Affirmative Action Debate in the Age of Obama
Black Man in the White House: Ideology and Implicit Racial Bias in the Age of Obama
Commentary: Black Man in the White House
Obama-Nation? Implicit Beliefs about American Nationality and the Possibility of Redefining Who Counts as �Truly� American
Commentary: As American as Barack Obama
Does Black and Male Still = Threat in the Age of Obama?
Commentary: Threat, Fantasy, and President Obama
Michelle Obama: Redefining Images of Black Women
Commentary: First Lady Michelle Obama: Getting Past the Stereotypes
Barack, Michelle, and the Complexities of a Black �Love Supreme�
Commentary: The Obamas: Beyond Troubled Love
Sasha and Malia: Re-Envisioning African-American Youth
Commentary: Re-Envisioning Black Youth
Obama and Global Change in Perceptions of Group Status
Commentary: Obama and Group Change in Attitudes about Group Status
The Role of Race in American Politics: Lessons Learned from the 2008 Presidential Election
Commentary: The State of the Post-Racial Union
Obama's Potential to Transform the Racial Attitudes of White Americans
Commentary: Black Behavior and Moral Dissonance: Missing Mechanisms in Theorizing the Obama Effect
New Bottle, Same Old Wine: The GOP and Race in the Age of Obama
Commentary: New Bottle, Same Old Wine: A Response
About the Editors
About the Contributors
About the Commentators
Index