2018 McNair Scholars Program Summer Research Symposium

Title

Remembering Obama in the Era of Trump

Presentation Type

Paper

Abstract

People think the election of Obama led to post racial America. Our research seeks to understand how collective memory of generations affects political understandings of the election of President Obama and President Trump. Using Bonilla-Silva’s lens of racism without racist and Berlant’s theory of cruel optimism we argue that post racial ideas are optimistic and hinder how individuals remember Americas racial past. Through interviewing Generation X and Millennials we find personal relationships factor into how individuals recall political events more than candidate stances. Decoupling politics from person creates a phenomenon where individuals assume voting does not have social implications.

Start Date

20-7-2018 10:00 AM

End Date

20-7-2018 12:00 PM

Faculty Advisor

Carissa Froyum

Department

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

Department

McNair Scholars Program at UNI

Embargo Date

9-19-2018

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Remembering Obama in the Era of Trump

People think the election of Obama led to post racial America. Our research seeks to understand how collective memory of generations affects political understandings of the election of President Obama and President Trump. Using Bonilla-Silva’s lens of racism without racist and Berlant’s theory of cruel optimism we argue that post racial ideas are optimistic and hinder how individuals remember Americas racial past. Through interviewing Generation X and Millennials we find personal relationships factor into how individuals recall political events more than candidate stances. Decoupling politics from person creates a phenomenon where individuals assume voting does not have social implications.