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The Obamas and a (Post) Racial America?

Gregory Parks and Matthew Hughey


Since the milestone election of Barack Hussein Obama on November 4, 2008, some have wondered whether the United States can now be considered a post-racial nation. According to this book's contributors, a more nuanced and contemporary analysis and measurement of racial attitudes undercuts this assumption. Despite the election of the first black President and rise of his family as perhaps the most widely 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 ... More

Keywords: Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, post-racial, racial bias, United States, race, prejudice

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199735204
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735204.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory Parks, editor
District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Matthew Hughey, editor
Mississippi State University
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Chapter 2 Implicit Bias: A Better Metric for Racial Progress?

Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, Robert W. Livingston, and Joshua Waytz

Chapter 6 Michelle Obama: Redefining Images of Black Women

Shanette C. Porter and Gregory S. Parks

Chapter 7 Barack, Michelle, and the Complexities of a Black “Love Supreme”1

Clarenda M. Phillips, Tamara L. Brown, and Gregory S. Parks

Chapter 8 Sasha and Malia: Re-Envisioning African-American Youth

Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, Rachel Sumner, and Geoffrey L. Cohen

Chapter 9 Obama and Global Change in Perceptions of Group Status

George Ciccariello-Maher and Matthew W. Hughey

Chapter 11 Obama’s Potential to Transform the Racial Attitudes of White Americans

John F. Dovidio, Samuel L. Gaertner, Tamar Saguy, and Eric Hehman

Chapter 12 New Bottle, Same Old Wine: The GOP and Race in the Age of Obama

Russell J. Webster, Donald A. Saucier, and Gregory S. Parks