Getting Used to a Black President!

Political scientist Melissa Harris-Lacewell examines how Barack Obama may affect Americans’ conceptualization of race and the Presidency, should he be elected to the position. Barack Obama’s success so far in the 2008 election cycle has fostered optimistic rhetoric in mainstream media about race relations in the United States, but does Obama’s candidacy transform Martin Luther King Jr.’s American dream into a reality?

A recent New York Times/CBS poll found that Americans are sharply divided by race on their views of Senator Obama and the state of race relations. In addition, with an increased presence of other minority groups, issues regarding race in political and social life are no longer black and white. What role does race play in the 2008 election and beyond? Can America ever truly be a color-blind society?

Melissa Victoria Harris-Lacewell is an American writer and political scientist and Associate Professor of Politics and African American studies at Princeton University. She received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and an honoris causa doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School.She is the author of Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought on the methods African Americans use to develop political ideas through ordinary conversations in places like barbershops, churches, and popular culture.

The work was awarded the 2005 W.E.B. DuBois book award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Harris-Lacewell’s writings have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Crain’s Chicago Business and Newsday. She has provided commentary for NBC News, Fox News, Showtime, HBO, Black Enterprise, National Public Radio and other radio and print sources.

Should We Expect Attempts to Bar Blacks From Voting?

Should We Expect Attempts to Bar Blacks From Voting? Historic 2008 Election Could See Unprecedented Attempts to Bar African American Voters! As we continue on the subject of voter suppression and race, we turn to Queens College political science professor and bestselling author Andrew Hacker. In the latest issue of the New York Review of Books, Hacker writes, Obstacles to getting blacks to vote have always been formidable, but this year there will be barriers some new, and some long-standing that previous campaigns have not had to face.

This guy has some great points!

Did John McCain Play The Race Card in This Ad?

Did John McCain Play The Race Card in This Ad?

The season of the Karl Rove Style Tricks are upon us!

Can You Handle the Truth About Welfare and Affirmative Action?

Can You Handle the Truth About Welfare and Affirmative Action? Here is the truth about welfare and affirmative action. Who really benefits blacks or whites?

Dr. Boyce Watkins Analyzes Black America and Boldly Speaks Out on Black Truth!

Dr. Boyce Watkins Analyzes Black America and Boldly Speaks Out on Black Truth! Dr. Boyce Watkins is a sharp brother that is definitely a great black scholar! He has been attacked by many conservative talking heads, such as Bill O’Reilly, but he stays true to the cause of Black America! MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann chronicles the attacks on Dr. Watkins in the second video clip!

Senator Barack Obama is a Positive Influence for Many Students in Urban America!

Senator Barack Obama is a Positive Influence for Many Students in Urban America! Senator Barack Obama’s Speech on Race Has Touched Many Students!

Dr. Frank M. Reid, III Preaches on Race, Religion, and the Resurrection!

Dr. Frank M. Reid, III, Senior Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Baltimore, MD. delivers a dynamic sermon on Resurrection Sunday 2008 entitled “Keep Your Eyes On The Prize: Race, Religion, and the Resurrection!