Obama's Presidency: Progress on the Horizon
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The paper discusses how many proclaimed that the election of an African-American president marked the inauguration of a new era in American history, when racism would die and we would face a color blind America. However, this paper asserts that although the election of President Obama is an important milestone for future progress, there has been no instant positive impact on the state of race relations in the U.S. The paper believes that the election in the short term has created a forum for honest conversations about race, but in terms of lasting, fundamental change, it is merely step one in a series of many steps.
From the Paper:"On January 20, 2009, Americans witnessed Barack Husein Obama being sworn into office, becoming the first African-American President of the United States. Many proclaimed the historical event also marked the inauguration of a new era in American history: one in which racism would die and out of the ashes would emerge a color blind America. However, we must be realistic. More plausibly, though the election of President Obama is an important milestone for future, long-term progress, there is no instant positive impact on the state of race relations in this country. The election in the short term has at most created a forum for honest conversations about race. But in terms of lasting, fundamental change, I fear that it provides an illusion of true progress. Obama's presidency is without a doubt a huge step out onto the road towards a truly post-racial society, but that road is still a very long and arduous one."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Newport, Frank. "Little Obama Effect on Race Relations" Gallup. n.p. Web. 29 Oct 2009.
- The Southern Poverty Law Center. "Intelligence Report: The Year in Hate". Web. n.p. Spring 2009. Volume 133
- Obama, Barack H. "A More Perfect Union" reprinted in The Huffington Post. 18 March 2008
- Douglas, William. "Poll: Blacks Optimistic about Obama Era." Pittsburgh Post Gazette 13 Jan 2010
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