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Race and the Presidency

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Despite the media frenzy surrounding Barak Obama and his expected presidential bid, not everybody thinks he can win the White House in 2008.

There are the usual questions about experience, issue positions, fundraising and organization.
And then there are the quieter questions–questions about race. 
Is America really ready to elect an African-American president? We talk with scholar Melissa Harris Lacewell about the promise and pitfalls facing an African American presidential candidate.

Music Button: Kahil El' Zabar's Ritual Trio, “Crumb-Puck-U-Lent,” from the CD Big M: A Tribute to Malachi Favors (Delmark)

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