Dr. King's Dream and American Politics

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obama-king.jpgDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of a colorblind society. Forty-three years after he was gunned down, the first black president is running for re-election. Barack Obama has been criticized by African-Americans, including Cornell West and Tavis Smiley, for failing to focus more on the problems of black people. Republican challengers have called him a "food stamp president" who doesn't "understand America" and wants to "transform" it into a "socialist" country. Is that political code implying that a black man is different from other Americans? Is race still very much a part of American politics?

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Guests:
Peniel Joseph - University of Texas at Austin - @PenielJoseph, Marie Stroughter - African American Conservatives - @mariestroughter, Walter Rhett - historian and writer - @walterrhett, Mikki Taylor - Essence magazine

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Anna Scott, Karen Radziner