American Identity in the Age of Obama (Routledge Series on by Amílcar Antonio Barreto,Richard L. O'Bryant

By Amílcar Antonio Barreto,Richard L. O'Bryant

The election of Barack Obama because the forty fourth president of the USA has opened a brand new bankruptcy within the country’s lengthy and sometimes tortured historical past of inter-racial and inter-ethnic kin. Many relished within the inauguration of the country’s first African American president — an occasion foreseen via one other White condominium aspirant, Senator Robert Kennedy, 4 many years previous. What can have in simple terms been labeled as a dream within the wake of Brown vs. Board of schooling used to be now a fact. a few dared to think about a post-racial the United States. nonetheless, quickly after Obama’s election a small yet continual faction puzzled his eligibility to carry place of work; they insisted that Obama was once foreign-born. Following the Civil Rights battles of the 20 th century hate speech, no less than in public, is not any longer as unfastened flowing because it have been. might be xenophobia, in a land of immigrants, is the hot rhetorical machine to assail what that's non-white and as a result un-American. additionally, fresh debates approximately immigration and racial profiling in Arizona besides the conflict over rewriting of historical past and civics textbooks in Texas recommend post-racial the United States is some distance off.

What roles do race, ethnicity, ancestry, immigration prestige, locus of start play within the private and non-private conversations that defy and make stronger current conceptions of what it capacity to be American?

This publication exposes the altering and chronic notions of yankee id within the age of Obama. Amílcar Antonio Barreto, Richard L. O’Bryant, and an exceptional line up of members research Obama’s election and reelection as watershed phenomena that would be exploited by way of the president’s supporters and detractors to interact in numerous types of narrating the yank nationwide saga. regardless of the potential of significant adjustments in rhetorical mythmaking, they query even if American society has replaced substantively.

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