The End of Race?: Obama, 2008, and Racial Politics in by Donald R. Kinder

By Donald R. Kinder

How did race have an effect on the election that gave the US its first African American president? This e-book deals a few interesting, and maybe arguable, findings. Donald R. Kinder and Allison Dale-Riddle assert that racism was once actually a tremendous consider 2008, and that if now not for racism, Barack Obama may have received in a landslide. so one can this end, they make numerous different very important arguments. In an research of the nomination conflict among Obama and Hillary Clinton, they express why racial identification issues extra in electoral politics than gender identification. evaluating the 2008 election with that of 1960, they locate that faith performed a lot a similar function within the past crusade that race performed in ’08. and so they argue that racial resentment—a glossy type of racism that has outdated the old school organic variety—is a powerful political strength.

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Did he—and did his remarkable popularity with Americans, black and white—anticipate Obama’s rise to prominence and power? Chapter 6 provides a first look at Obama as president, starting with his inauguration in January 2009 and ending with the national midterm elections in November 2010. During this period, the new president was busy. S. health-care system. In the avalanche of news spilling out of Washington, did Americans begin to forget that their new president was black? In the concluding chapter, we summarize our findings and grapple with their implications.

In the concluding chapter, we summarize our findings and grapple with their implications. On matters of race and politics, we try to determine how far we have come as a society; to locate where we are now; and to suggest how far we have yet to go. In this respect, we follow in Myrdal’s footsteps. Like Myrdal in An American Dilemma (1944), we take what ordinary Americans think and do about race to be a cardinal test of democracy, a pointed way to gauge the extent to which the United States lives up to its democratic aspirations.

We analyze high-quality national surveys, relying principally on the National Election Studies (NES), but also the 2006 Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES), the 2007–2008 Cooperative Campaign Analysis Project (CCAP), the Gallup Poll, and surveys undertaken jointly by CBS News and the New York Times. We have more to say about all these studies later on, as needed. We are interested first and foremost in the role of race in American politics today, but we begin with a more general framework, set out in chapter 1, one that will allow us to make comparisons to social cleavages other than race, and to times and settings other than the immediate present.

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