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Dorothy Brown on the symbolism of Obama's presidency

As the world reflects up on the presidency of Barack Obama and prepares for a transfer of power, CNN presents 11 commentaries on his legacy. Professor Dorothy Brown comments on the exceptionalism of electing the first black President versus the reality of racism. "Symbolism, it turned out, was a bad thing for addressing anti-black racism in America", said Brown. "The symbolism of a black President prevented America from grappling with the reality of how exceptional his victory and his story really was."
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