ERIC Number: EJ859295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
Beyond Political Rhetoric and Discourse: What Type of Educational, Socio-Economic, and Political Change Should Educators Expect of President Barack Obama?
Orelus, Pierre W.
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v7 n1 p192-215 Jun 2009
This article critically analyzes Obama's singular political victory. The author begins by laying out current racial, socio-economic, educational and political challenges that await President-elect Obama. He goes on to analyze Obama's political discourse and then questions whether or not Obama would be able to meet these challenges. The author acknowledges the historic significance of Obama's remarkable victory and states the victory is worth celebrating. However, he argues that Obama's victory does not necessarily guarantee fundamental educational, socio-economic, and political changes, as he is surrounded by many of the same opportunist, conservative and privileged white males who have maintained and profited from the U.S. political system for centuries. The author, therefore, invites people involved in grassroots and progressive socio-political movements to continue to mobilize, organize and use Obama's political slogan "change from the bottom up" to make him accountable for decisions that he would make in the months or years to come.
Descriptors: United States History, Political Campaigns, Success, Presidents, African Americans, Males, Social Problems, Change Agents, Social Change, Politics, Rhetoric, Racial Segregation, Political Attitudes, Connected Discourse, Speeches, Content Analysis, Time Perspective, Racial Discrimination
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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