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A Black Man in the White House: Barack Obama and the by Cornell Belcher

By Cornell Belcher

America's racial fault traces run uninterrupted from the times of slavery to these of lynchings, separate water fountains, and the modern Jim Crow of voter suppression, gerrymandered vote casting districts, and the try to nullify the presidency of America's first Black leader govt.

during this booklet Cornell Belcher provides attractive new examine that illuminates simply how deep and jagged those racial fault traces remain. Cornell has surveyed battleground electorate from 2008 during the 2016 basic season, monitoring racial aversion and its effect over the process the Obama presidency. Given the heightened racial aversion by reason of the 1st non-white male dwelling within the White residence, the increase of Trump used to be a predictable backlash. The election of the nation's first Black president doesn't suggest that we are living in a post-racial society; it implies that we're now at a severe old tipping element demographically and culturally in the US and this tipping aspect is certainly the wolf on the door for lots of apprehensive white americans.

The panicked reaction of the waning white majority to what they understand because the disaster of a Black president might be heard in each cry to take again our nation. This panic has led to the elevation of an overt and unapologetic racist because the nominee of 1 of America's significant political events.

Let's be transparent, as Belcher issues out: there is not any going again. America's altering inhabitants and the continuing globalization of our marketplaces will not permit it. as a way to compete and win the long run, the US needs to permit cross of the historical tribal pecking order and a process gamed to desire the outdated ruling white elite.

To paraphrase DuBois, 'The challenge of the twenty-first century is still the colour line.'

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Lee Atwater, 1981, on "the Southern Strategy• 44 A BLACK MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE Long before the world had ever heard of a man named Barack Obama-indeed, before Barack Obama was even born-there was a scheme called the Southern Strategy that the Republican party put to good use in election cycle after election cycle, coolly and methodically co~opting the votes of racially resentful whites by using coded, or "dog whistle': language that evoked the most egregious of racial stereotypes, but always couching the underlying racism by framing their "concerns" as economic ones.

S. S. population than will whites. 023. S. 6% of the population in 2000 to over 31%, where it stood in 2014. In Texas and California, the rwo Iarg· est states in the nation, the "minority" population already makes up the majority. The inevitability of no longer being in che majority has some among that former majority so stressed out that Color In Context Fig. 2. S. is Experiencing Rapid Diversification Percent of Total Population In America. 3"4 i9~ f; ~ 3% I 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60'% 70% 80% 90% 100% there is even a cacch~all term for their condition: white anxiety.

Through a series of surveys over chis time period, I tracked an index of racial antagonism, along with opinions about candidate and President Obama, to show how opinions responded co the political realities of the two elections and the intervening governing period, and how attitudes in turn affected voting in 2008 and 2012. Not only did overall attitudes change over time, demonstrating heightened levels of negative racial :micudes during the Obama presidency, but individual levels of racial antagonism and opinions of the president varied by parry affiliation over time: Democrats became increasingly racially 2S 26 A BLACK MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE positive over the course of the Obama election and presi~ dency, while independents and, primarily, Republicans be~ came significantly more racially resentful.

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