In the first of three conversations about President Barack Obama's racial legacy, Code Switch asks how much was race or racism drove the way the first black president was treated and how he governed. Richie Pope for NPR hide caption

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Obama's Legacy: Diss-ent or Diss-respect?

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It's likely that Barack Obama will be known not only as the first black president, but also as the first president of everybody's race. Many Americans and people beyond the U.S. borders have projected their multicultural selves onto the president. Chelsea Beck/NPR hide caption

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We continue conversations on President Barack Obama's racial legacy--this time, we hear opinions on where he fell short or failed people of color. Chelsea Beck/NPR hide caption

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Obama's Legacy: Callouts and Fallouts

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In a small room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, mail from children is read, sorted into categories and answered by staff — except for the few that are sent every week to President Obama. The letters are eventually stored at the National Archives and will later find a home in the president's library. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Barack Obama, graduate of Harvard Law School '91, is shown here on campus after he was named head of the Harvard Law Review in 1990. Joe Wrinn/Harvard University/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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LISTEN: Before Obama Was President, In His Own Words On NPR

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Volunteers in Des Moines make calls at the campaign headquarters of then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama on Dec. 5, 2007 ahead of the Iowa caucus. Obama has called those "fired-up" campaign workers from his 2008 campaign, one of his proudest legacies. Rick Gershon/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama's Legacy: His Army Of Campaign Volunteers Continues To Serve

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Planned Parenthood's president, Cecile Richards, addresses the Democratic National Convention in July. Republicans in Congress have repeatedly threatened to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood because the family planning group performs abortions at some clinics. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court To Consider How Long Immigrants May Be Detained Without Bond Hearing

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President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Cheyenne High School on Oct. 23 in North Las Vegas, Nev. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama speaks during the dedication ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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President Obama smiles during a joint news conference with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the White House Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama and Hillary Clinton stand together on stage on the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama makes a statement at the White House about the deadly shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday. A day later, he sent an open letter to the nation's law enforcement officers expressing his condolences and support. Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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