Barack Obama’s presidential campaign was one of several successful, modern-day political campaigns to break through racial barriers. Is this an indication that our nation is experiencing a generational shift toward political color blindness?
In Atlanta, long a nucleus of black political power, a December runoff election could result in the election of a white mayor for the first time in 30 years. Are the tenets of racial identity politics, or appealing to voters solely on the basis of race and self-interest, obsolete?
Columnist Ruben Navarrette, who writes extensively on race politics, tells host Liane Hansen “there’s a lot of folks that are just over it — they’re just over the idea of racial differences.”
The idea of having a black stronghold like Atlanta is becoming less significant, Navarrette says. “That’s a really refreshing trend, but it does seem to show up a lot more with younger people.” To read the full story click here.