MATT BAI: Is Obama The End of Black Politics? “The generational transition that is reordering black politics didnâ€™t start this year. It has been happening, gradually and quietly, for at least a decade, as younger African-Americans, Barack Obama among them, have challenged their elders in traditionally black districts. What this yearâ€™s Democratic nomination fight did was to accelerate that transition and thrust it into the open as never before, exposing and intensifying friction that was already there. For a lot of younger African-Americans, the resistance of the civil rights generation to Obamaâ€™s candidacy signified the failure of their parents to come to terms, at the dusk of their lives, with the success of their own struggle â€” to embrace the idea that black politics might now be disappearing into American politics in the same way that the Irish and Italian machines long ago joined the political mainstream.”
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