The End of Race?

The End of Race?

Obama, 2008, and Racial Politics in America

Book - 2012
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How did race affect the election that gave America its first African American president? This book offers some fascinating, and perhaps controversial, findings. Donald R. Kinder and Allison Dale-Riddle assert that racism was in fact an important factor in 2008, and that if not for racism, Barack Obama would have won in a landslide. On the way to this conclusion, they make several other important arguments. In an analysis of the nomination battle between Obama and Hillary Clinton, they show why racial identity matters more in electoral politics than gender identity. Comparing the 2008 election with that of 1960, they find that religion played much the same role in the earlier campaign that race played in '08. And they argue that racial resentment--a modern form of racism that has superseded the old-fashioned biological variety--is a potent political force.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780300175196
0300175191
Branch Call Number: 305.8009 Kinder 02/2012
Characteristics: ix, 309 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dale-Riddle, Allison

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Dave_of_Old
Feb 25, 2012

Most Obama/Liberal/progressive Haters will hate this book, filled with solid evidence(the kind that, if introduced into a trial in court, would send you to jail) backing up what it says.
A conservative is one who keeps the best of the past while moving forward; Conservative politics in America today is mostly about the lines drawn in this book, and makes America look bad to the rest of the world.
Anyone desiring a change to this situation would be best reminded of the first of the famous "Twelve Steps"...but then, they don't need reminding; it is the "Conservative" "Tea Party" crowd who needs to touch down to planet Earth, and that, sadly, looks like it won't happen soon...they know that any Republican candidate is likely to achieve Bob Dole's 1996 performance and that in 2016 the Republicans will have "their turn"...
Anyway, the book is well-written enough and integrates the volumes of data in a palatable enough manner for those able to appreciate it.

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floy
Feb 25, 2012

This is a scholarly book filled with statistics, graphs, and social science jargon. But all of that is for a good cause. It means when the authors make a statement, they have the data to prove it. Extensive research is provided as proof. Sadly, it's all rather depressing.

Although today, many whites won't admit racism, there is clearly what the authors label "racial resentment". The academics who wrote this book present the data that prove that "values" were not what fueled the anti-Obama vote; despite protests to the contrary, it was "racial resentment".

The authors offer evidence that the development of the Tea Party, the strident opposition to health care reform, the frenzied hatred of Obama's solutions to the financial crisis and the housing crisis all relate to "racial resentment". After all, George Bush is the one who presided over the wars and who made the financial mess and yet the Tea Party didn't develop then. Despite all their protests that it's about values such as wanting smaller government etc., statistics show that it's only a little bit about values and enormously about race.

Even Obama's dramatic decrease in popularity is shown to be "unconnected to his performance". The decrease in his popularity is almost entirely among whites; African Americans have stood firm in continuing to approve his performance in office.

In their research, the authors show that the one thing that reliably predicts a person's rating of Obama's performance is their level of "racial resentment". Obviously a president relies on his popularity with the public to exert influence on Congress; when his popularity declines, his power declines. Such has happened with President Obama.

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