The End of Race?

The End of Race?

Obama, 2008, and Racial Politics in America

Paperback - 2012
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Examines the role of racism in the 2008 Presidential election; shows why racial identity matters more in electoral politics than gender identity, compares the roles of religion in the 1960 election with racism in 2008, and argues that racial resentment is a potent political force.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780300175196
0300175191
Characteristics: ix, 309 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dale-Riddle, Allison

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Dave_of_Old
Feb 25, 2012

Most Obama/Liberal/progressive Haters will hate this book, filled with solid evidence(the kind that, if introduced into a trial in court, would send you to jail) backing up what it says.
A conservative is one who keeps the best of the past while moving forward; Conservative politics in America today is mostly about the lines drawn in this book, and makes America look bad to the rest of the world.
Anyone desiring a change to this situation would be best reminded of the first of the famous "Twelve Steps"...but then, they don't need reminding; it is the "Conservative" "Tea Party" crowd who needs to touch down to planet Earth, and that, sadly, looks like it won't happen soon...they know that any Republican candidate is likely to achieve Bob Dole's 1996 performance and that in 2016 the Republicans will have "their turn"...
Anyway, the book is well-written enough and integrates the volumes of data in a palatable enough manner for those able to appreciate it.

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floy
Feb 25, 2012

This is a scholarly book filled with statistics, graphs, and social science jargon. But all of that is for a good cause. It means when the authors make a statement, they have the data to prove it. Extensive research is provided as proof. Sadly, it's all rather depressing.

Although today, many whites won't admit racism, there is clearly what the authors label "racial resentment". The academics who wrote this book present the data that prove that "values" were not what fueled the anti-Obama vote; despite protests to the contrary, it was "racial resentment".

The authors offer evidence that the development of the Tea Party, the strident opposition to health care reform, the frenzied hatred of Obama's solutions to the financial crisis and the housing crisis all relate to "racial resentment". After all, George Bush is the one who presided over the wars and who made the financial mess and yet the Tea Party didn't develop then. Despite all their protests that it's about values such as wanting smaller government etc., statistics show that it's only a little bit about values and enormously about race.

Even Obama's dramatic decrease in popularity is shown to be "unconnected to his performance". The decrease in his popularity is almost entirely among whites; African Americans have stood firm in continuing to approve his performance in office.

In their research, the authors show that the one thing that reliably predicts a person's rating of Obama's performance is their level of "racial resentment". Obviously a president relies on his popularity with the public to exert influence on Congress; when his popularity declines, his power declines. Such has happened with President Obama.

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