The Western Journal of Black Studies

Journal focusing on issues regarding the African American experience in the United States.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 3, Fall

Barack Obama, Racial Progress, and the Future of Race Relations in the United States
Introduction Barack Obama's presidency is often described as a definitive affirmation of racial progress in the United States and a sign of a more inclusive future (Frank, 2008; Nagoumey, 2008; Herbert, 2008; Swarns, 2008; Dyson, 2008). While it...
Barack Obama's (Im)perfect Union: An Analysis of the Strategic Successes and Failures in His Speech on Race
In March 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama was engulfed in political controversy. Video recordings of his pastor and spiritual advisor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr., were broadcast on every news channel and widely circulated on the internet....
Coloring the Blind Spot: The Urban Black Community as an Object of Racial Discourse in the Age of Obama
Introduction "On behalf of the great state of Illinois ... crossroads of a nation, land of Lincoln, let me express my deep gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention. Tonight is a particular honor for me because, let's face it, my...
The Obama Campaign 2008: A Historical Overview
Barack Obama's campaign for the 2008 Presidency is described by many political analysts as brilliant, remarkable, and almost flawless (frill, 2009). Despite his inexperience in national politics and limited experience in state politics (Obama was first...
The State of Black America on the Heels of the Election of Barack Obama as the First African American President of the United States
"Shattering a racial barrier, Senator from Illinois is voted president" (USA Today, November 5, 2008). "Obama Sweeps to Historic Victory': Nation Elects Its First African-American President Amid Record Turnout" (The Wall Street Journal, November...
They Said It Could/couldn't Be Done: Quoted Speculation on the Possibility of a Black President, 1920-2008
Contrary to what one might assume, speculation by noteworthy individuals about the possibility of an African American President of the United States has not been a frequent or prominent theme in our political conversations. For nearly two centuries...

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