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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

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(p.62) 3. Barack Obama
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Race and the Obama Phenomenon
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Janet C. Mendoza Stickmon

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628460216.003.0003

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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