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What's wrong with Obamamania? : Black America, Black leadership, and the death of political imagination.
(2008)
  • Ricky L. Jones, University of Louisville
Abstract
Juxtaposes the meteoric rise of Barack Obama with far-reaching—and disturbing—shifts in black leadership in post–Civil Rights America.

Barack Obama’s sudden arrival on the national scene has created a wave of excitement in American politics, a phenomenon that has been dubbed “Obamamania.” In What’s Wrong with Obamamania?, Ricky L. Jones places Obama’s run for the presidency in the context of deep and often disturbing shifts in black leadership since the 1960s. From Charles Hamilton Houston to Thurgood Marshall to Jesse Jackson, from prosperity preachers to megachurches, from W. E. B. Du Bois’s Talented Tenth and civil rights advocates to Black Entertainment Television and hip-hop culture, Jones paints a picture of lowered expectations, cynicism, and nihilism that should give us all pause.
Keywords
  • Barack Obama,
  • African American leadership
Publication Date
June, 2008
Publisher
State University of New York Press
ISBN
978-0-7914-7579-9
Citation Information
Ricky L. Jones. What's wrong with Obamamania? : Black America, Black leadership, and the death of political imagination.. Albany, NY(2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ricky-jones/2/