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I Hear You Now: How the Obama Presidency Has Raised Expectations and Inspired Truth-Telling

Joelyn Katherine Foy
Race, Gender & Class
Vol. 17, No. 3/4, Race, Gender & Class 2010 Conference (2010), pp. 51-63
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41674751
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Abstract

Although electing an African-American president in 2008 did not mark the end of racism in the United States (ASHE, 2009; Carter, 2009; Fluker, 2008; Wise, 2009), African-American children now know that it is possible to become President. As a White female, I expected that having a man of color holding the highest political office in the land would send a message of empowerment. There is an opening up, a bringing to light, conditions like poverty and incest, but there is also dissent. Foucault's themes of power, knowledge, and self clarify voices that have previously been silenced within the dominant White majority.

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