America's First Black President and the 'False Promise of Integration'

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As we wait for the re-nomination of America's first black president, it's worth pointing out that Charlotte was a focal point of the Civil Rights movement and integration. The latest issue of the Atlantic magazine carries an article titled, "Fear of a Black President," which says of the Obama era: "He governs a national enlightened enough to send an African American to the White House, but not enlightened enough to accept a black man as president." Why is it so hard for Barack Obama to talk about the racial tensions that still exist four years after he was elected?

Credits

Guests:
Tom Hanchett - Levine Museum of the New South - @levinemuseum, Mary Curtis - freelance journalist - @mcurtisnc3, Ta-Nehisi Coates - Atlantic magazine - @tanehisicoates

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Evan George, Caitlin Shamberg, Christian Bordal, Sonya Geis