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Will American Voters Elect a Black President?

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Will American Voters Elect a Black President?

Politics

Will American Voters Elect a Black President?

Will American Voters Elect a Black President?

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While a majority of U.S. voters say they would vote for a black presidential candidate, many people say the United States is still not likely to put an African-American in the Oval Office quite yet.

Michele Norris talks with campaign strategist Donna Brazile about what an African-American candidate — like Sen. Barack Obama, for instance — would have to do to win.

Norris also talks with Harvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy, author most recently of Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption; and Diane McWhorter, author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama and the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution.

Both Kennedy and McWhorter have spent a lot of time studying race in America. We also hear opinions from around the country.