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What Can You Say?: America's National Conversation on Race

John Hartigan Jr.


We are in a transitional moment in our national conversation on race. Despite optimistic predictions that Barack Obama's election would signal the end of race as an issue in America, the race-related news stories just keep coming. Race remains a political and polarizing issue, and the sprawling, unwieldy, and often maddening means we have developed to discuss and evaluate what counts as “racial” can be frustrating. This book examines a watershed year of news stories, taking these events as a way to understand American culture and challenge our existing notions of what is racial—or not. The boo ... More

Keywords: race, America, Barack Obama, American culture, news stories, Don Imus, Rutgers, Jena, Louisiana, protests

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804763363
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804763363.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Hartigan Jr., author