Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 113–121 | Cite as

The Obamas and the New Politics of Race

  • Simone Browne
  • Ben Carrington

“…although it seems heaven sent,

We ain’t ready to have a black President”

Tupac (1998) “Changes”

“Although it seems heaven sent,

We’re getting ready to have a black President.

Yes We Can … Change the World”

Nas (2008) “Black President”

In the cover story for the March 2012 edition of The Atlantic magazine entitled “Obama, Explained,” the veteran American journalist James Fallows posed the following question: Is Barack Obama a skillful statesman and political visionary who is remaking the American political landscape and, in the process, outmaneuvering his opponents or a clumsy, second-rate Chicago hustler, a mere pawn of geo-political events and currents that are overwhelming an individual who somehow lucked into being the 44th President of the United States of America? According to Fallows, history’s reading of Obama as eithera successful and transformative President or an incompetent and ineffectual leader will largely be determined by whether or not Obama achieves a second term...


Presidential Election Public Sociology Slave Owner Critical Race Theory Racial Discourse 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology (A1700)University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Department of Sociology (A1700)University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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