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RACISM IN THE U.S. AND THE MEANING OF OBAMA’S PRESIDENCY
Interview with Albert Scharenberg - Feb. 2013

Photo Credits: picture alliance / dpa / Larry Downing

In this interview with Deutschlandradio Kultur, Albert Scharenberg, RLS-NYC Co-director and biographer of Martin Luther King, jr., discusses the symbolism and impact of Barack Obama’s presidency on civil rights. He argues that while the election of the first black president indicates a shift in race relations, racism still heavily influences American politics and society. Scharenberg cites the persistent racial segregation, in neighborhoods as well as schools, and the high rates of unemployment and poverty among African Americans as proof of a systemic discrimination. This “structural racism” demonstrates that the society still needs a fundamental change to achieve full equality for the former slaves.

In another radio interview (WDR 5) from February 2013, Albert Scharenberg shows why a black president does not signify the end of racial discrimination in the United States.

Also check out “It doesn’t matter if you black or white?”, an interview with the German radio station SR2.

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