ERIC Number: EJ1027860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Not Stopping at First: Racial Literacy and the Teaching of Barack Obama
Smith, William L.
Multicultural Perspectives, v16 n2 p65-71 2014
In this article the author speaks to the teaching of Barack Obama in U.S. schools. Drawing from scholarly literature on the heroification of American historical figures in public memory, the author argues that focusing on Obama's firstness as an African American may lead students to have incomplete and misleading understandings of what the 2008 election means for American racial politics and progress. Using a racial literacy framework, the author suggests Obama's narrative as an ideal subject for furthering students' conceptions of race in its historical and contemporary manifestations. The author concludes with pedagogical recommendations for employing Obama's narrative toward improving students' racial literacies.
Descriptors: Presidents, African Americans, Racial Factors, Misconceptions, Elections, Politics, Multicultural Education, United States History, African American History, History Instruction, Consciousness Raising, Literacy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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