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Martin Luther King's Dream, Obama And Post Racial Society—Can We Yet Hope For A New Narrative?

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In many ways, Martin Luther King attempted to challenge the dominant racial narrative by offering a counter hegemonic one. This chapter explores the contours of the racial narrative, particularly in light of the recent election of Barrack Obama. It discusses: 1) race narratives associated with European Imperialism, 2) race narratives and genetics, 3) race narratives and social science and 4) counter hegemonic racial narratives. Owing to both time and space limitations, the chapter briefly sketches out these narratives. The chapter concludes by outlining the themes and the realities associated with what some are calling a post-racial narrative.

Keywords: Barrack Obama; European imperialism; Martin Luther King; racial narrative



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