Back in my 2008 reader’s guide, America’s Half-Blood Prince: Barack Obama’s “Story of Race and Inheritance,” I forecasted that Obama’s second term would be more race-obsessed than his first. The New York Times sums up how it worked out the way I predicted:
Jolted by Deaths, Obama Found His Voice on RaceOf course, there’s no mention in the NYT of the incremental 6,624 homicide victims during Obama’s racially outspoken post-Ferguson last two years in power.
Tensions across the country prompted the president to abandon his early reticence on race again and again.
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and YAMICHE ALCINDOR JAN. 14, 2017