Journal of African American Studies

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 176–183 | Cite as

When Whites Love a Black Leader: Race Matters in Obamerica

  • Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • Victor Ray

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle,” George Orwell (1946) stated a while ago. I am convinced that we, blacks in the USA, are not able to see what is in front of our nose in this election cycle. Instead, we are seeing what we want and long to see. I am one-hundred percent sure that until about a year ago, almost all of us, as well as progressive race analysts out there, would have agreed with the following proposition: race matters in the USA have stagnated or, worse yet, regressed (Steinberg 2001). We had plenty of objective and subjective indicators to make our point. Objective indicators show that many of the country’s racial outcomes are still mired in a pre-civil rights mindset. The separate and unequal fallout from Hurricane Katrina, voter disenfranchisement, incarceration rates seven times those of whites (Pettit and Western 2004), persistent and growing wealth inequality (Oliver and Shapiro 2006; Shapiro 2004), residential segregation patterns and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA

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