Sunday, November 4, 2012

"Parallels to country's racist past haunt age of Obama" John Blake

John Blake's article gives a case for Obama existing, not as a post-race American president, but as a post-Reconstruction black American president.

"The Jim Crow laws that marked the end of Reconstruction stayed put for at least 60 years. It would take a century before the contemporary civil rights movement restored the political and civil rights of blacks. Some historians argue that the United States did not actually become a democracy until 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act."

"Restored" is a concept a lot of people forget about American history--since some historians at the time, especially after Jim Crow flouted earlier amendments, tried to forget as well as belittle. 

The "white backlash" that crushed hopes of an interracially run American government just after the Civil War, historians say, is repeating itself today in America.

An important discussion for Americans to keep having.

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