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The State of Black Women in Politics Under the First Black President
The Scholar and Feminist Online Issue (2010)
  • Duchess Harris
Abstract

It would be nice to think that Obama's election was the positive end note to over four hundred years of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and institutionalized racism—that the promise stated by our founders, "All men are created equal," has finally been realized. And there is a certain quintessence that now a black family lives in the White House, a national monument primarily constructed with the use of slave labor. For a nation weary of its own racist history, the Obama administration is a historic marker that many, especially those on the Right, can point to and say, "See, it's over." In fact, many political commentators have gone so far as to say that America has entered a "post-racial" phase with President Obama, its first "post-racial" President. Black women may beg to differ.

Keywords
  • feminism,
  • black feminism,
  • Barack Obama
Publication Date
Winter December, 2010
Citation Information
Duchess Harris. "The State of Black Women in Politics Under the First Black President" The Scholar and Feminist Online Issue Iss. 8:3 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/duchess_harris/32/