Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 11:00am to 12:30pm
Von KleinSmid Center (VKC), 300A
3518 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
In November of 2008, Americans chose Barack Obama, son of a Kenyan immigrant, to be the 44th president of the United States. Four years later, the electorate voted to retain Obama for a second term. Prof. Donald Kinder (University of Michigan) explores whether race played as prominent a role in Obama’s re-election as it had the first time around. Examining five distinct measures of the electoral weight of race, he shows that nearly a full term’s experience with a Black president left Americans no less burdened by race than they had been before.