By Donald R. Kinder
How did race impact the election that gave the USA its first African American president? This publication deals a few interesting, and maybe debatable, findings. Donald R. Kinder and Allison Dale-Riddle assert that racism was once in truth a major consider 2008, and that if now not for racism, Barack Obama could have gained in a landslide. as a way to this end, they make numerous different very important arguments. In an research of the nomination conflict among Obama and Hillary Clinton, they convey why racial id concerns extra in electoral politics than gender identification. evaluating the 2008 election with that of 1960, they locate that faith performed a lot a similar position within the prior crusade that race performed in ’08. they usually argue that racial resentment—a glossy type of racism that has outmoded the old fashioned organic variety—is a effective political strength.
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18 Taken all around, the quality of life experienced by black Americans has improved notably since World War II. However, over the same period, racial differences in the quality of life have persisted. Some differences between blacks and whites have diminished, others have increased, and still others have changed not one iota. All in all, race in the United States continues to provide a compelling case of enduring inequality. ) The theory is intended to apply to the case of race and Obama in 2008, of course, but it should prove useful in understanding social groups other than race and political moments other than 2008.
Nevertheless, elections do perform an instrumental function, if imperfectly. By taking part in elections, American voters can register their pleasure or displeasure with the governing party and return or replace leaders accordingly, thereby setting in motion alterations in government policy. Policy is at stake in elections, but so too are pride and recognition. This is one clear lesson to be taken from the African Americans’ long struggle for the vote. White Americans resisted extending the franchise to blacks so fiercely and blacks demanded the vote so steadfastly not just because the vote would give blacks the power to protect their interests and have some say on matters of policy, but also because the right to vote was understood on both sides of the color line to convey symbolic authority, a special kind of democratic recognition.
A Look Ahead Does Obama’s victory in 2008 mean the end of race? ” Saying so is, of course, one thing; establishing the claim is quite another. The latter requires evidence and argument. Supplying both is the object of our book. As for evidence, we go right to the source: to American voters from all walks of life. We analyze high-quality national surveys, relying principally on the National Election Studies (NES), but also the 2006 Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES), the 2007–2008 Cooperative Campaign Analysis Project (CCAP), the Gallup Poll, and surveys undertaken jointly by CBS News and the New York Times.
The End of Race?: Obama, 2008, and Racial Politics in America by Donald R. Kinder