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Concluding thoughts: making a success of the revolution

Tom Clark, Robert D. Putnam and Edward Fieldhouse

in The Age of Obama

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780719082771
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702901 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719082771.003.0008
Concluding thoughts: making a success of the revolution

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This concluding chapter discusses how Britain and the United States are dealing with the diversity revolution, describing the two as rich countries that are becoming even more diverse, and identifying some of the important advantages these countries have when dealing with diversity. It examines the racial cleavage in America that divides blacks from all the others, as well as the hard realities faced by the African Americans. The chapter notes that the arrival of President Obama will not reverse these realities any time soon, and that there is a stripping down of identity to a single dimension of religion or ethnicity. It determines that Barack Obama is currently reshaping perceptions about race by removing old ideas on what minorities can or cannot do.

Keywords: diversity revolution; racial cleavage; African Americans; hard realities; identity; perceptions about race

Chapter.  2519 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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