Randall Kennedy's most recent book is Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal.
Barack Obama has already broken countless racial barriers in his historic run for America's highest office. In this installment of Talk of the Nation's "This American Moment" series, Randall Kennedy talks about what it would mean if Obama lost the election.
Kennedy, a Harvard law professor, weighed in on this prospect in his Washington Post article, "The Big 'What If.'"
"The hopes of black America ride on his shoulders," Kennedy writes, "But the outcome's way up in the air."