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What does Election 2008 mean for politics and race?

Posted at 3:15 PM on November 5, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

While this provocative comment was written last night before Barack Obama was declared a winner, I wonder where it could take our open discussion on Gather.com:

"Let's assume Barak Obama is elected president, what does that mean for race relations? Is this the beginning of the end for the civil rights movement?

If it is, what does this mean for the Democratic Party?

Think about it.

The end game of the civil rights movement means that minorities will be demographically indistinguishable from the majority. This has happened before. It happened with the Irish, with the Italians, with Eastern Europeans and with Jews.

The end of the struggle for equality for immigrants was the election of John F. Kennedy. It is also the last time that those immigrant groups voted along party lines.

Could the election of Obama mark the end of party loyalty for African-Americans?" - Greg Schiller

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