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The C.O.W.S. Gwen Ifill, THE BREAKTHROUGH Part 5

Released Friday, 6th January 2017
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The Context of White Supremacy hosts the fifth study session on Gwen Ifill's 2009 bestseller, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. A New York Times bestselling author, journalist and anchor at PBS, Ifill, 61, died from cancer in November 2016. Ifill was one of the lone black female mainstream journalists, and she regularly used her platform as a journalist to interogate the problem of Racism. In fact, White Supremacy likely contributed to her passing at such a young age. During last week's session, Ifill provided a comprehensive inspection of former Newark, New Jersey mayor and current United States Senator Corey Booker. A Stanford alumnus, who, like President Barack Obama, has a White parent, Booker is noted for having "a distinguished and distinctly nonghetto pedigree." The chapter details Booker as a charismatic new breed of black politician who recognizes that "race" remains a major problem. However, Ifill also detailed Booker's reputation for disparaging black people "in front of elite White audiences." The book also examined racial identity. However, the meaning of being "White" was ignored. Ifill invested a sizable amount of time reviewing the notion of "being black enough." At times, The Breakthrough seems to take African Americans to task for adjudicating the "blackness" of elected officials like President Obama or Senator Booker. But Ifill conceded a core component of black suspicion of "biracial" people: "Many white voters are clearly more comfortable thinking of them as half white." Listeners should contrast Ifill's presentation of Racism with the pending Trump Administration. INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# #AnswersForMiriamCarey

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