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What Can You Say?America's National Conversation on Race$
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John Hartigan Jr.

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804763363

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804763363.001.0001

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Our Unfinished Conversation

Our Unfinished Conversation

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(p.182) 6 Our Unfinished Conversation
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What Can You Say?
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804763363.003.0006

This chapter serves as a concluding discussion to the book, where it addresses the question as to how people know when something is racial or not. It revisits Barack Obama's campaign (as discussed in Chapter 4) and reviews whether or not that campaign was going to be solely “about race” or not. It then emphasizes that “racial” can be viewed as a collection of unconscious motivations, beliefs, or anxieties that can be generated or controlled by specific images or words. The chapter also stresses that most people have forgotten the uncertainties and ambiguities of race, which are two important characteristics of the national conversation.

Keywords:   racial, Barack Obama, uncertainties, ambiguities, national conversation

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