Posts Tagged ‘Race’

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Obama and Race

November 11, 2008

barack-obama-history.jpgBarack Obama could not run his campaign for the Presidency based on
political accomplishment or on the heroic service of his youth. His
record was too slight. His Democratic and Republican opponents were
right: he ran largely on language, on the expression of a country’s
potential and the self-expression of a complicated man who could
reflect and lead that country.

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From Uncle Tom’s Cabin to “I Have a Dream”: New Book Discusses Race, Religion and American Politics

November 7, 2008

American political history is marked by four great transformative periods, says American religious historian Mark Noll in his new book, God and Race in American Politics: A Short History (Princeton University Press). And in three of the four periods, “potent combinations of race and religion were the engines that drove political change.”

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Tolerance Over Race Can Spread, Studies Find

November 7, 2008

This was supposed to be the election when hidden racism would rear its head. There was much talk of a “Bradley effect,” in which white voters would say one thing to pollsters and do another in the privacy of the booth; of a backlash in which the working-class whites whom Senator Barack Obama had labeled “bitter” would take their bitterness out on him.

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No Hidden White Bias Seen in Presidential Race

November 7, 2008

faith-vote-graph.jpgWhether whites supported Barack Obama or not, they don’t seem to have lied to pollsters about it. Obama’s election triumph on Tuesday presented no evidence of the so-called Bradley effect, in which whites who oppose a black politician mislead pollsters about whom they will vote for. 

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Religion Used to Mock, Divide in ’08 Race

November 3, 2008

In 1961, after John F. Kennedy’s Catholic faith proved not to be an insurmountable barrier to the White House, Billy Graham predicted that religion would never again be such a divisive force in elections.

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