Barack Obamaas presidential victory naturally led people to believe that the United States might finally be moving into a post-racial era. Obamaas Raceaand its eye-opening account of the role played by race in the electionapaints a dramatically different picture. The authors argue that the 2008 election was more polarized by racial attitudes than any other presidential election on recordaand perhaps more significantly, that there were two sides to this racialization: resentful opposition to and racially liberal support for Obama. As Obamaas campaign was given a boost in the primaries from racial liberals that extended well beyond that usually offered to ideologically similar white candidates, Hillary Clinton lost much of her longstanding support and instead became the preferred candidate of Democratic racial conservatives. Time and again, votersa racial predispositions trumped their ideological preferences as John McCainaseldom described as conservative in matters of raceabecame the darling of racial conservatives from both parties. Hard-hitting and sure to be controversial, Obamaas Race will be both praised and criticizedabut certainly not ignored.Barack Obamaas presidential victory naturally led people to believe that the United States might finally be moving into a post-racial era.
|Author||:||Michael Tesler, David O. Sears|
|Publisher||:||University of Chicago Press - 2010-11-15|