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The Age of ObamaThe Changing Place of Minorities in British and American Society$
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Tom Clark, Robert D. Putnam, and Edward Fieldhouse

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082771

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082771.001.0001

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Concluding thoughts: making a success of the revolution

Concluding thoughts: making a success of the revolution

(p.139) 8 Concluding thoughts: making a success of the revolution
The Age of Obama

Tom Clark

Robert D. Putnam

Edward Fieldhouse

Manchester University Press

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

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