I thought this video was an interesting response the article “Harvard Google search study suggests racism had profound effect on 2008 election” and in our class discussion of whether the nation has transcended into a post-racial society. Though Chris Rock’s diatribe is satirical, his address both cites the President Obama’s continuous fight against maintaining a personal racial balance in his presidency, as well as the stark racial divide between whites and non-whites that still exists in our society.
It’s hard to fairly argue how different Obama’s campaign or time in office may have been different if he wasn’t biracial, but it is just as hard not to speculate how important that fact is to many voters. Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune suggests in his article, “Hidden side of Obama’s race gap,” that cultural understanding is one of the key factors in gaining political support, especially amongst working-class America, a group that should unanimously support the President. Though his platform aligns with the beliefs and values of those from lower socioeconomic status, Page reasons that Obama has not been able to rally the support of White, undereducated men because of this cultural disconnect.
It will be interesting to see what the result of the the election in regards to race. Will the President’s race matter as much this time around? Has Obama’s campaign been able to finally rally the support of Working Class white men?