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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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On the Impossibilities of a Post-Racist America in the Obama Era

On the Impossibilities of a Post-Racist America in the Obama Era

(p.147) 7. On the Impossibilities of a Post-Racist America in the Obama Era
Race and the Obama Phenomenon

Karanja Keita Carroll

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter interrogates the reality of racism and white supremacy in what some today refer to as “The Obama Era” and what others regard as evidence of a “Post-Racist America.” By utilizing an African-centered conceptual framework, centering on culture and worldview, this discourse constitutes a critical examination of the impossibilities of a post-racist America by investigating the lived experiences of African descended people and other communities of color. Through this analysis, it will be evident that while we may be in “The Obama Era,” we are far from a post-racist society. Thus, discussions of post-racism are assessed as conceptual masks used to conceal the philosophical and structural realities of global white supremacy as exemplified through continuous racist practices.

Keywords:   African Worldview, Afrocentrism, Race, Barack Obama, Postracial, Racism

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