Books by Randall Kennedy
NPR stories about Randall Kennedy
While many hoped Barack Obama's presidency would usher in a post-racial period in America, Randall Kennedy says the reality hasn't lived up to that expectation. In The Persistence of the Color Line, Kennedy explores the racial issues still at play in the presidency and throughout the country.
After his book, which contained the N-word in its title, was used in a hate crimes trial, Harvard professor Randall Kennedy was labeled a "sellout" among his peers. It inspired the author to write his latest book, Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal, which examines the charges of being disloyal, or exploiting one's own ethnic group.