Fracture

Fracture

Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide

Book - 2015
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"MSNBC host Joy Reid examines the Obama and Clinton wings of the Democratic Party as they prepare for battle in 2016"-- Provided by publisher.
"Barack Obama's speech on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches should have represented the culmination of Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial unity. Yet, in Fracture, MSNBC national correspondent Joy-Ann Reid shows that, despite the progress we have made, we are still a nation divided--as seen recently in headline-making tragedies such as the killing of Trayvon Martin and the uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore. With President Obama's election, Americans expected an open dialogue about race but instead discovered the irony of an African American president who seemed hamstrung when addressing racial matters, leaving many of his supporters disillusioned and his political enemies sharpening their knives. To understand why that is so, Reid examines the complicated relationship between Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton, and how their varied approaches to the race issue parallel the challenges facing the Democratic party itself: the disparate parts of its base and the whirl of shifting allegiances among its power players--and how this shapes the party and its hopes of retaining the White House. Fracture traces the party's makeup and character regarding race from the civil rights days to the Obama presidency. Filled with key political players such as Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Jackson, John Lewis, and Al Sharpton, it provides historical context while addressing questions arising as we head into the next national election: Will Hillary Clinton's campaign represent an embrace of Obama's legacy or a repudiation of it? How is Hillary Clinton's stand on race both similar to and different from Obama's, or from her husband's? How do minorities view Mrs. Clinton, and will they line up in huge numbers to support her--and what will happen if they don't? Veteran reporter Joy-Ann Reid investigates these questions and more, offering breaking news, fresh insight, and experienced insider analysis, mixed with fascinating behind-the-scenes drama, to illuminate three of the most important figures in modern political history, and how race can affect the crucial 2016 election and the future of America itself"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062305268
0062305263
9780062305251
0062305255
Branch Call Number: 973.932 R356f 2015
Characteristics: xiii, 367 pages ; 24 cm

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Jan 28, 2017

This book focuses on the split between the moderate and more radical forces for Civil Rights largely between the Lyndon Johnson Civil Rights laws and today. The more radical forces wanted to bring redress for 400 years of white exploitation of Blacks of the institution of slavery, sharecropping, Jim Crow and segregation. The more moderate forces diminished these ideas and backed tiny steps towards equality of the races. Obama, thinking he might get more cooperation from Whites, took the tiny steps approach, but found that White Racism was so imbedded in the American system that even these tiny steps lifted the rock revealing the worst of America's white racism.

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