Barack Obama, the new politics of race, and classed constructions of racial blackness

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Abstract

Based upon an analysis of the print and online media, this article examines the discourse of the "new politics of race" between 2007 and 2014. Part of the politics of postracialism, the new race politics first emerged as a set of guidelines for candidate Barack Obama, concerning how he should and should not handle racial matters if he hoped to win the presidency. In a larger sense, however, the new race politics is a class-specific discourse of racial color blindness, one which positions the black upper middle class as a 21st-century model minority, racialized in contradistinction to the black poor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-682
Number of pages30
JournalSociological Quarterly
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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