Raising and Renouncing Race in the Election

By Guest Columnist Mar 17, 2008

by Alex Jung Update: Barack Obama has announced that he will give a speech on, "race in this campaign." A comedy troupe called the Public Service Administration has released a satire, "Don’t Think of a Black Man" (a spin off of Lakoff’s Don’t Think of an Elephant) in which they pretend to be staffers of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The racial dynamics in the race are fascinating, with Barack Obama’s campaign running away from the R word (and consequently any statements made by radical black folks like Reverend Wright, and Hillary Clinton’s camp possibly maybe mentioning that Barack Obama is black, or not a Muslim, or used to snort cocaine. Possibly. Maybe not?