The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and the Rise and Decline of Black Politics

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The Price of the Ticket

ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, April 30, 2009, President Obama marked the one-hundredth day of his administration by holding a live press conference. Midway through the exchange with reporters, Obama took a question from Andre Showell, a news correspondent from Black Entertainment Television (BET). The reporter asked the president if he had a plan to address the rapidly growing unemployment rate in black and Latino communities. Noting a doubledigit national black unemployment rate and the nearly 50 percent black male unemployment in New York City, the journalist’s question was direct and to the point: “Given this unique and desperate circumstance, what specific policies can you point to that will target these communities, and what’s the timetable for us to see tangible results?”

The president responded in the same way he did when issues of race came up during the presidential campaign: “Well, keep in mind that every step we are taking is designed to help all people.” Because blacks and Latinos are disproportionately affected by the economy, Obama asserted that aspects of the Recovery Act were going to fix the growing problem of black and Latino unemployment. The president mentioned the act’s unemployment insurance and the opportunity for the unemployed to keep their health benefits

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Table of contents

  • Transgressing Boundaries ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • 1- Clash of Ideas 3
  • 2- Chicago- The Political Capital of Black America 35
  • 3- Entering the Land of Milk and Honey 70
  • 4- Respectability as Public Philosophy 100
  • 5- Wink, Nod, Vote 137
  • 6- The Price of the Ticket 170
  • Notes 193
  • Index 205
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