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Barack Obama Radically Expanded Our Appreciation of African-American History
By preserving sites that have been central to the black experience, Obama helped revitalize our civic religion.
My President Was Black
Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates looks back on the history of the first African American White House—and of what came next. Includes audio of article.
Obama's Racial Legacy: Some Last Words On The First Black President
Obama's blackness raised the stakes of his success, exposed the constraints of his office, and made the whiteness at the center of American politics permanently visible. Includes links to related podcasts.
America just spent 8 years with a black president. For many African Americans, it meant one big thing: freedom to ‘dream’.
The first African American to win the presidency, he made history with his resounding victory over Republican John McCain in the election of 2008. His eloquent message of hope and change attracted voters across the country, even in states that had gone decades without supporting a Democratic presidential candidate.
Fear of a Black President
As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration.
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