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It was odd throughout the election that Obama being black wasn’t a major focal point, but maybe that’s cynical of me. There were flare ups here and there when a stereotype would become part of the conversation, but for the most part, the GOP focused on the false attack that Obama is a Muslim, though… That shouldn’t disqualify a candidate either. In any case, while race wasn’t keyed on by the media during the campaign, it became a focus on Election Day after it became clear Obama was going to win.
I don’t think I understood this article, because the way I read it, it was making some really stupid points. Maybe it’s just me, though. Shelby Steele:
Obama is what I have called a “bargainer” — a black who says to whites, “I will never presume that you are racist if you will not hold my race against me.” Whites become enthralled with bargainers out of gratitude for the presumption of innocence they offer. Bargainers relieve their anxiety about being white and, for this gift of trust, bargainers are often rewarded with a kind of halo.
The people who voted against Obama didn’t do it because of race, they did it because of class. Bernard Avishai:
Racism, it is true, did not confound the choice, as some predicted it would. But racism has not confounded mainstream admiration for The Cosby Show or Oprah or Tiger Woods–and hasn’t for some time. Most of the 46% who voted for John McCain feel deeply anxious about a world in transition, where erudition, open-mindedness and intellectual discipline matter more and more, and their own sheer willingness to labor hard matters less and less. I bet they are more skittish about Obama’s supremely elegant mind, his worldliness, than his dark skin; more drawn to the repudiation of ‘elitism’ than to the rejection of ‘welfare.’
Tears flowed, not only for Obama’s historic achievement, but because many were happily discovering that perhaps they had underestimated possibility in America.
I think the Wall Street Journal might be getting ahead of itself. This election has moved us forward, not canceled racism out altogether, idiots. And about that special obligation...
While Mr. Obama lost among white voters, as most modern Democrats do, his success is due in part to the fact that he also muted any politics of racial grievance. We have had in recent years two black Secretaries of State, black CEOs of our largest corporations, black Governors and Generals — and now we will have a President. One promise of his victory is that perhaps we can put to rest the myth of racism as a barrier to achievement in this splendid country. Mr. Obama has a special obligation to help do so.
Long look at race in the race by David Remnick in the New Yorker.
And yet Obama embarked on a long, exhausting quest for the Democratic nomination, determined to avoid making race a singular theme of his day-to-day campaigning. His issues were Iraq, the economy, health care, the environment – issues with no identity attached.
Black friends of Obama might rise with him, ‘In Tandem With New President‘:
They believe that their proximity to the president-elect will burnish their reputations, much in the way that white elites always have leveraged connections in business and politics
Obama, opening doors:
But I think we can assume that from now on there won’t be any perceived disadvantage to candidates of Italian, French, Asian, or other previous genealogies not previously seen in the White House. For that, congratulations to Barack Obama.
Celebrate! – A run down of the celebrations.
WINS! – A list of 38 sites and their winning posts.
Winners and Losers – 18 lists of election winners and losers.
Turnout, Voting, and Polling – Articles and stories about voting, polling, and turn out.
Reactions – Reactions from the world, pundits, and celebrities.
How Obama Won – Some thoughts on how Obama won.
Why McCain Lost – Some thoughts on why McCain lost and what next for the GOP.
Expectations and Advice – There are a lot of people with expectations and a lot of people with advice.
Race – Obviously electing the first black president is going to bring up comments on race.
Money and Business – What will the impact on your money and you business be?
The Media – Without the media, wherever would we be!?
Humor – Without the humor, wherever would we be!?
Miscellaneous – Without the miscellaneous, wherever would we be!?
Personal Stories from Friends – Just what it says.
273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours – Just what it says.
Via – Here’s a list of all the sites I used in putting this together – the sources.