Race and the 2008 Election Analytical Essay by Nicky

Race and the 2008 Election
An analysis of the issues of race and politics in the 2008 presidential election campaign.
# 145035 | 969 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper contends that the 2008 Presidential election marked a profound change for both major American political parties, and the American electorate as a whole, in terms of the way that race is conceptualized in American politics. The paper explains how prior to the elections, it was feared that Obama would be unable to command the support of working-class, rural white Democrats, but his election proved otherwise. The paper focuses on Obama's attitude to discuss race, rather than pretending racial divides did not exist. The paper clearly illustrates the shift in what constitutes the discourse of race and class in America.

From the Paper:

"Obama projects an image of himself as a man who is comfortable about his race, who can quip that 'brothers should pull their pants up,' on national television, and jokingly refer to himself as a 'mutt' when discussing prospective puppies for the new position of First Dog. Obama subtitled his autobiography, written long before he aspired to the presidency Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. Obama writes of his struggles to reconcile his multiracial identity, of being perceived as not being 'black' enough by African-Americans, but still being read as black by whites, although he was raised by a white mother and grandmother. Early on, he said, he grasped while living in New York City "with mathematical precision with which America's race and class problems joined," how white, lower-class frustrations were vented upon blacks, even with the idyllic memories of growing up in more pluralistic and racially tolerant Hawaii as a child (Obama 121). Obama famously referred to his white grandmother during the campaign who tragically passed away the night before he was elected, as a woman of tolerance, yet who still was subject to the prejudices of society enough to feel uncomfortable when she saw an African-American walking across the street."

Sample of Sources Used:

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