90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Obama And The Politics Of Race

President Obama and the politics of race in America. Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy joins us.

In this Nov. 3, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama listens to a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington.  (AP)

In this Nov. 3, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama listens to a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP)

For supporters, and many others too, Barack Obama’s race marked a triumph on election night, 2008. The United States had done something millions thought they would never see. It had elected a black president.

With this nation’s hard history on race, that was an incredible moment. So, what about race and the presidency of Barack Obama? How has it played out?

Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy has taken a big look. At how the President has handled race. At how the country has handled his race.

This hour On Point: President Obama, and the politics of race now.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guest

Randall Kennedy, professor at Harvard University Law School and author of “The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency.”

More

Professor Randall Kennedy talks with On Point. (Alex Kingsbury / WBUR)

Professor Randall Kennedy talks with On Point. (Alex Kingsbury / WBUR)

From Tom’s Reading List

The Root “African Americans fight a multifront struggle in pursuing their ambitions. Along with the difficulties that others face — bad luck, personal deficiencies, talented competitors — blacks face additional obstacles. On one front they encounter prejudiced Caucasians. On another they encounter Negroes who, attached to stunted conceptions of racial solidarity, habitually castigate as disloyal blacks perceived as “acting white,” being “oreos,” “selling out.””

The New York Times “August is not half over, and already it’s been a punishing month for Barack Obama: the debt limit fiasco; the Standard & Poor’s downgrade; the deaths of Navy Seals and other troops in Afghanistan. This powerful and ruminative book by Randall Kennedy, “The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency,” is unlikely to put the president in a more cheerful mood. “

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Apr 17, 2015
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio waves to supporters as his wife Jeanette joins him on stage, after he announced that he will be running for the Republican presidential nomination, during a rally at the Freedom Tower, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Miami. (AP)

Hillary and Rubio, in for 2016. Congress, in on the Iran Deal. And a Gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Apr 17, 2015
The members of all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache (Courtesy the Artist).

An all-female band takes mariachi to old places and new. We’ll talk with the women of Flor de Toloache.

RECENT
SHOWS
Apr 17, 2015
The members of all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache (Courtesy the Artist).

An all-female band takes mariachi to old places and new. We’ll talk with the women of Flor de Toloache.

 
Apr 17, 2015
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio waves to supporters as his wife Jeanette joins him on stage, after he announced that he will be running for the Republican presidential nomination, during a rally at the Freedom Tower, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Miami. (AP)

Hillary and Rubio, in for 2016. Congress, in on the Iran Deal. And a Gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Three LIVE Tracks From Flor De Toloache
Friday, Apr 17, 2015

Fantastic live tracks from the amazing women of Flor de Toloache.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: April 17, 2015
Friday, Apr 17, 2015

Interactions on Facebook, campaign time begins and a truck full of bees.

More »
1 Comment
 
Parents Speak Out On Autism Care ‘Cliff’
Thursday, Apr 16, 2015

Stories of autism care for adults from our callers and, maybe, from you, too.

More »
3 Comments