race relations | June 06, 2011

Randall Kennedy: A Major Survey of America's First Black Presidency

Two years into the first black presidency of the United States, Harvard professor Randall Kennedy is set to release a major academic analysis on how race has affected political culture in America during Obama’s run thus far. Kennedy, a public intellectual unafraid of hot-button issues, is releasing The Persistence of the Color Line this August—just as the 2012 Presidential season begins. In the much anticipated book, Kennedy takes a thoughtful look at racial opposition to Barack Obama, the consequences of racial politics, black patriotism, and how Obama takes different approaches when dealing with whites and blacks. In the highly charged and accessible prose we’ve come to expect from him, Kennedy offers a fresh non-partisan look at Obama's triumphs and failures on the road to realizing the dream of post-racial America.

Kennedy's new book fits perfectly in an already substantial and influential body of work. His blockbuster bestseller, Nigger, stirred up debate on the most notorious racial slur in the English language, while a follow up, Sellout, delivered a reasoned look at the phenomenon of race traitors. The Persistence of the Color Line will no doubt cement Kennedy’s reputation as a keen observer of race relations—a role only magnified by his hopeful, witty, and frank talks on informing a national conversation around race, identity, and American life.

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