US Presidential Election 2008: Issues Concerning Race in the US

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US Presidential Election, 2008


1. Electoral System and Polls
2. Election Blog
3. Helpful Links
4. Current Issues

4.1. Updated Electoral Map
4.2 US Foreign Policy
4.3 Health Care in the US
4.4 Issues Concerning Race in the US
4.5 US Defense Policy
4.6 Economic Policy
4.7 Science Policy
4.8 Environmental Policy

5. Media Coverage]]

5.1 US Newspapers
5.2 Newspaper Editorials
5.3 News Radio Stations
5.4 TV Stations
5.5 Podcasts
5.6 Ads
5.7 Fact Checking

6. Candidates for President and Vice-President

6.1 The Democratic Party
6.1.2 Democratic Party Candidates Senator Barack Obama Senator Joe Biden
6.2 The GOP
6.2.1 Republican Party Candidates Senator John McCain Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
6.3 Speeches
6.4 Debates and Parodies

7 Miscellaneous

7.1 Additional Political Videos
7.2 Political Satire
7.3 Movies about Elections

THE 2008 CAMPAIGN: The Race Issue

Updates on the role of race in the election

The Reverence Wright Controversy

Reverend Jeremiah Wright was the pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago from 1972 -2008. His controversial sermons and positions have been the subject of the presidential election coverage in recent weeks, primarily because it is the church which Barack Obama has attended. Amidst criticism of Rev Wright, on March 18th, Obama gave a 40 minute speech addressing not just the issue of whether he agrees with Wright’s positions on race in the US. Obama analyzes the issue of race in the US so brilliantly that this speech is being played and discussed all over the US.

  • I would encourage you to read some background info on Jeremiah Wright (you might even check out video clips of Jeremiah Wright's sermons on Then watch Obama’s speech. It is incredible!
  • Editorial Mr. Obama’s Profile in Courage Published: March 19, 2008
  • Groups Respond to Obama’s Call for National Discussion About Race
  • How the current debate about race is affecting Clinton’s chances:

An excellent article about race and gender stereotyping:

Our First Black President? (NYT)-

Equal Protection Clause

Brown v. Board of Education

Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

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