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09/15/2014

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Kenneth Ngwa

Dr Reddie,
The New York Times edition of November 4, 2008 ran an article titled, “Obama Elected President as Racial Barrier Falls.” The article interpreted president Obama's election as “a strikingly symbolic moment in the evolution of the nation’s fraught racial history, a breakthrough that would have seemed unthinkable” just two years earlier. As I read through your post I wondered about the relation between cultural and structural racism (and cultural and structural breakthroughs), and whether the notion of the "classroom" -- however conceived, with its time constraints, structured semesters/terms etc -- may not be adequately equipped to deal with the deep recurring traumas of structural racism. Is the classroom enough?

Thanks again. Kenneth.

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