Edited By Venise T. Berry, Anita Fleming-Rife and Ayo Dayo
Chapter Seven: To Form a More Perfect Union: Frames of Double Consciousness in Presidential Candidate Barack Obama’s Race Speech
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To Form a More Perfect Union: Frames of Double Consciousness in Presidential Candidate Barack Obama’s Race Speech
At the turn of the century, I think it is safe to say that in the United States, if not the world, people never imagined that the country would elect its first Black president, but the 21st century ushered in winds of epic change on a number of fronts that made anything possible—even the unthinkable. The rejoinder to the unthinkable was “yes, we can,” and this mantra helped fuel the most exciting and engaging presidential campaign of my lifetime. Ever since the dust settled, I have reflected on the campaign and on the rhetorical messaging that had many of us swept up in fervor on one side or the other. Even before the election of the first African American president of the United States, the New York Times Sunday Magazine (Bai, 2008) asked, “Is Obama the End of Black Politics?” The implied question and explicit examination in the article is: have we now entered into a postracial society?
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