Rhetoric, identity, and the Obama racial phenomenon: Exploring Obama’s title as the “first black president”
Cole, Krystal S. (2010). Rhetoric, identity, and the Obama racial phenomenon: Exploring Obama’s title as the “first black president”. -- In Proceedings: 6th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 23-24
In 2008, a nearly 200 year U.S. historical precedent was overturned when Barack Obama was named the “first Black president.” Although Obama is of mixed heritage, he adopted an almost singularly Black identity and has long been characterized by the media as Black. This study is concerned with the role that society and Obama’s acceptance of the title play in identifying and portraying him as the “first Black president.” This study compares Barack Obama’s self-portrayal in his book, Dreams from my Father, to mainstream and Black media portrayals of his race.Furthermore, it researches the existence of a racially stratified society by dividing racial constructs and determining the driving force behind the rhetoric of race.
Second Place winner of oral presentations at the 6th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, April 23, 2010.
Research completed at the Elliot School of Communication, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences