“Mr. Kennedy, who is African-American, has long been among the most incisive American commentators on race…. Pay attention,” hails Dwight Garner for the New York Times. In his latest “powerful and ruminative book,” The Persistence of the Color Line, Randall Kennedy—former clerk to the Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, New York Times bestselling author, and Harvard professor of law—presents a shrewd and keen critical examination on the complex relationship between “the first black president” and his African-American citizenry. The New York Times Book Review calls the book “a breath of fresh air.”
Kennedy was on MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Show, NPR’s On Point, Kojo Nnamdi show, and Talk of the Nation earlier this week.
Catch Kennedy addressing contentious issues such as the nature of racial opposition to Obama, the increasing irrelevance of traditional racial politics, black patriotism, and differences between Obama’s presentation of himself to blacks and whites and the challenges posed by the dream of a post-racial society, below.