Friday, May 30, 2014

John McWhorter - How Barack and Michelle Have Normalized Black Prominence

Mike Theiler/Reuters

We’re in an America more open to black people being prominent for doing race-neutral things to an extent that would have seemed odd recently. America’s favorite astrophysicist is black.

The normalization of black success. The sheer existence of the urbane, polished, affluent Obamas in the White House has been central to getting America past the idea that “black” and “rich” are an uneasy fit beyond athletes and rappers. That the Obamas have come along with associates such as Valerie Jarrett and Attorney General Eric Holder has only reinforced the statement.

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