Obama's Election and the Question of Race and Racism in Contemporary America
Call for Papers Date:
The election of Barack Hussein Obama as the first African American President of the United States of America raises myriad research questions. First, his very Blackness is being called into question by many. Others wonder if this signals the end of Black Politics, the Civil Rights Movement, and/or Affirmative Action. Some even suggest that Obama has ushered in a “Post-Racial” era in America, and that the struggle is officially over. Another position is that his election is actually a setback for Black people. Meanwhile, there is an interesting theoretical perspective taking hold in the American academy, and trickling down into the mainstream. It is the idea that, while racism is alive and well in America—to the continued detriment of Black people—most who continue to perpetuate the discriminatory practices necessary for racism to persist—be they political, social, economic, or otherwise—are not racist.
In view of this all, for its July 2009 issue, the Journal of Black Studies is seeking articles for a very special issue addressing the theme "Obama’s Election and the Question of Race and Racism in Contemporary America.” Abstracts of approximately 250 words should be sent via email no later than March 1, 2009, and the deadline for receipt of full papers is May 15, 2009. Early submission is encouraged, and finalists will be notified and given specific guidelines for submitting APA-formatted papers. Multidisciplinary perspectives are sought.
Dr. Pamela D. Reed
Virginia State University
Petersburg, VA 23806 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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