Obama's Win Reshapes Politics Of Racial Perception

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Sen. Barack Obama's winning bid for the White House has opened a new chapter in the way Americans perceive race.

Today, News & Notes kicks off a month-long series on race with an examination of racial issues in the presidential campaign.

How will perceptions of race change as the country is led by an African-American president? What affect will it have on blacks and all Americans? Plus, what moments from the campaign reflect how race is experienced in America?

For more, Farai Chideya speaks with Matt Bai, a writer for New York Times Magazine; Fernando Guerra, director of the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles; and political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson.



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