Harvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy: “Never before has a candidate so fully challenged the many inhibitions that have precluded people of all races, including African Americans, from seriously envisioning presidential power in the hands of someone other than a white American. With intelligence, verve and elegance, Obama has opened the public mind to the idea of a black president and made that idea broadly attractive. … Yet the possibility is very real: Barack Obama could lose. If that happens, then what? How will I feel? How will other black Americans feel?”
Kennedy, author of “Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal,” was online live this week to discuss the feelings sparked in the African American community by Obama’s rise, and how the African American community might react if Obama isn’t elected president in November.