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Race and the Obama PhenomenonThe Vision of a More Perfect Multiracial Union$
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G. Reginald Daniel and Hettie V. Williams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628460216

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628460216.001.0001

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Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Embracing Multiplicity—Being a Catalyst for Change

(p.62) 3. Barack Obama
Race and the Obama Phenomenon

Janet C. Mendoza Stickmon

University Press of Mississippi

President Barack Obama is an individual who lives at the interstices of life, embracing multiple perspectives and attempting to clear passageways; he challenges the citizens of the United States and people throughout the world to do the same. This chapter posits that by being biracial, having a Kenyan father and a white mother of Irish ancestry, Obama has negotiated his own ethnic backgrounds, simultaneously living in various cultural contexts from Hawaii and Jakarta as a child to Boston and Chicago as an adult.

Keywords:   Barack Obama, Mixed Race, Multiraciality, Multiplicity, Interracial, Race

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