Race, politics and the President with Harvard Professor Randall Kennedy


    Hour 1

    Harvard law professor and author Randall Kennedy

    [REBROADCAST] According to Harvard Law Professor RANDALL KENNEDY, when it comes to race, Barack Obama is in a predicament.  “He is a politician seeking to lead and govern a massive, complex, dysfunctional democracy that has long suppressed the racial group with which he is affiliated.”  In his recent book, The Persistence of the Color Line:  Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency, Kennedy takes a critical look at how Barack Obama has tackled the challenges of being a black leader while walking the tightrope that accompanies charges that he is “not black enough.” In eight essays Kennedy offers a look at how the President successfully calmed the fears of white voters while establishing himself as a “safe black candidate” who would be remain committed to the concerns of African Americans and other minorities.

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