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Obama “one thing I never believed…was the fever of racism being broken by my election”

by Paul Goldberg
Obama "one thing I never believed…was the fever of racism being broken by my election"

Appearing on NPR radio, former President Obama said one thing he never believed was “the fever of racism being broken by my election””

Obama said “Here’s one thing I never believed, right, was the fever of racism being broken by my election. That I was pretty clear about.”

He continued “I never subscribed to the: We live in a post-racial era. But I think that what did happen during my presidency was yes, a backlash among some people who felt that somehow, I symbolized the possibility that they or their group were losing status not because of anything I did, but just by virtue of the fact that I didn’t look like all the other presidents previously.”

“But, you know what? You also had a majority of the American people who seemed to say either, it’s a good thing that we’ve broken this barrier, or “I’m just going to judge this guy by whether or not my life’s getting better.” And you had a whole generation of kids who grew up not thinking it was weird or exceptional that the person who occupied the highest office in the land was Black,” he added.

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