Politics & Government

January 18, 2009 1:49 PM

Will Obama's race help or hurt black America?

Two days before Obama's inauguration, the complicated conversation among black scholars, social critics, activists and ordinary people bound by their shared history is about whether a black president is uniquely qualified to address the national black agenda, a loose framework of core issues, including income disparity, inferior healthcare, academic achievement gaps and gun violence. Or will his race hamper progress?

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