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A New America in the Age of Two Term Obama(?), Lorraine Hansberry and the Social Meaning of Race

So this past week we all voted and made the decision to re-elect Barack Obama. (Woot-Woot!) However, now that he is re-elected I am lead to think about two things. The first: how will those of us who care about the issues of the poor put pressure on the president to make it a priority on his agenda? (Read Accountability) The second: how will we continue to understand race in the age where a Black president is elected into office (twice)? When many begin to decipher the social meaning of race in the United States they feel as though they must delve into theory, ideology, and praxis. However, to  examine race I need not go any further than my own experience as a racialized body in this world. While some may not have been forced to think about the social, political, economic, or cultural meaning of race, I—on the contrary—had no choice.  That is to say, I am a Black man. And even though those words seem so simply written into this blog, that reality becomes a lens unto how I see the world and how the world inevitably sees me. This is a lens that still makes me nervous to pass a white person on my university campus at night, because they far too often are afraid. A reality and lens that makes me code switch into a particular vernaculars when I’m mentoring black youth in inner city Chicago versus interning downtown at a foundation. This is a lens and reality that has made me hyper-conscious about how I live my life. This includes thinking (daily) about how I wear my hair, how I dress or present my self in any public forum, and how I interact with my classmates, colleagues, professors, ect. As we all know from this last presidential race, Barack Obama has some of the same tensions with how engages with the world.

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VIDEO: President Obama Tears Up While Thanking Campaign Staff

A very moving video of President Obama thanking his campaign staff and volunteers for their incredible work on his behalf is quickly going viral.

The President becomes emotional – even shedding a few tears- as he heaps praise and gratitude on his team.

He explains, “it’s not that you remind me of myself, it’s that you’re so much better.”

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CA Voters Approve Ballot Measure Reforming ‘Three Strikes’ Law

California voters approved a ballot measure that would amend the state’s highly controversial Three Strikes law.

Previously, an individual could be given a life sentence for their third felony conviction, regardless of its severity.

The measure now requires that the third offense be something of a serious and/or violent nature.

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Univeristy of Mississippi Students Counter Anti-Obama ‘Riot’ with UNITY March

Yesterday, we shared a story about a group of about 200 students at the University of Mississippi who decided to express their disappointment over the re-election of President Barack Obama by burning Obama/Biden signs and spewing racial epithets.

Well, yesterday an even larger group of Ole Miss students got together for a unity march:

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Twitter Flooded With Racism And Hate After Obama Victory

In the wake of President Obama’s big win this week, the racists and ignoramuses came out in full force.

Jezebel took the liberty of rounding up a few of the most outrageous and pathetic highlights.

Enter at your own risk.

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Last Night’s Election Ushers In A RECORD Number of Female Senators

Last night’s election marked a very important milestone.

10 women were elected or re-elected to the Senate, bringing us to a record total of 20 female senators in Congress.

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University of Mississippi Students Riot After Obama Victory

Just in case anyone had the nerve to suggest that the re-election of President Obama meant 4 more years of post-racial bliss, some University of Mississippi students want to let you know otherwise.

Last night, some disgruntled students took to the campus streets after not enough states turned.

The angry protesters made it very clear that they weren’t happy with the re-election of a black president.

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What Do You Want To See Accomplished In Obama’s Second Term?

To the relief of many, President Obama defeated challenger, Governor Mitt Romney last night.

With 303 electoral votes and 50% of the popular vote, President Obama won four more years in office.

Although the Republicans maintain an advantage in the House, the Democrats hold a majority in the Senate.

So the question becomes: What will Obama accomplish in his final term?

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Does Obama’s Big Win Signal A ‘New America?’

In case you hadn’t heard, President Barack Obama was reelected last night.

And it wasn’t even that close, actually. Obama took 303 electoral points to Romney’s 206.

And now everyone is trying to figure out what it all means. According to Howard Fineman, Obama’s reelection signals the ascendancy of a “New America;” one typified by diversity, a global outlook, and “moving beyond centuries of racial, sexual, marital and religious tradition.

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Last Night A DJ Saved My Life

When I DJ I catch the unholy ghost. An electric shock flows through my arms; and when the record hits my finger tips, the funkadelic movement shimmy towards my wrist. Blended music surrounds my ear drums as I begin birthing new born tracks with the umbilical cord still attached. A slight cut from the mixer and my music begins to grow before my very eyes.

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