by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Senior Editor of the Atlantic.
This article outlines the paradox that has been highlighted during President Obama’s presidency: how a white President can speak more openly about race than a Black President; in addition, to supplementing a narrative of the manifestations of racism towards black integration and the black response.
The irony of President Barack Obama is best captured in his comments on the death of Trayvon Martin, and the ensuing fray. Obama has pitched his presidency as a monument to moderation. He peppers his speeches with nods to ideas originally held by conservatives. He routinely cites Ronald Reagan. He effusively praises the enduring wisdom of the American people, and believes that the height of insight lies in the town square. Despite his sloganeering for change and progress, Obama is a conservative revolutionary, and nowhere is his conservative character revealed more than in the very sphere where he holds singular gravity—race.
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