2008 us presidential election, black london, black UK, Black Women in Europe

Race and the US Presidential Election – an expat in London

Candace Allen

Candace Allen, Kenan Malik David Roediger will discuss Race and the US Presidential election on Tuesday 23 September 2008, 7.45pm at the Southbank Centre in London.

Barack Obama’s presidential nomination has put race on the US political agenda like never before. Candace Allen and David Roediger discuss the rise of Obama and racial politics both in recent history and today, looking at migration, the economy and recent emblematic events such as Hurricane Katrina. Candace Allen is a novelist, screenwriter and political campaigner, who has written widely on the challenges of the Obama candidacy. Kenan Malik’s controversial book Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate, opens up the debate about genetics and multicultural societies. David Roediger is the author of the newly published How Race Survived US History.

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11 Comments

  1. I just voted for your blog.Good luck from us folk in Cleveland.

  2. If Europe want to know how it can help , boycott all FOX products.In England that is SKY NEWS .Around the world it is called NEWS CORPS. They are anti-Islamic,anti-Immigrant, Anti-Black,anti-Woman.Sis, let them know.In Germany 300,000 people there hate FOX.Let's mobilize them.

  3. Kid f., thanks for the news about the Fox boycott, and thanks for thre vote.

  4. US a country of multiracial and multi national root. Now with the Barack Obama
    as presidential nominee the race has come to the surface as political agenda.
    America as strong democratic country has come a long way to subjugating the racial discrimination t its present stature. In politics there is no rule as such where for political gain any thing can be possible. But for presidential election the petty racial exploitation is highly condemnable

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  6. Thanks for sharing this voter information.

  7. Race is everything in America. It would a major miracle if it stayed out of
    this historical Presidential race.

  8. Lot have been said and written on this topic. In this election also Obama has been targated on colour and race ground. Forget every thing today and just go to cast your vote to polling station. This is most important task for a voter who has not yet cast his vote.Because to make a difference each and every vote is reqyired.Thanks

  9. Yes, everyone must vote!

  10. Hi,

    I just joined this great campaign to send a global message to Obama and thought you might be interested — here's the email about it below —

    _____

    Dear friends,

    After 8 long years of Bush – a fresh start!

    Entrenched interests stand in the way, but Obama's victory brings a chance for the US to finally join with the world community to take on pressing challenges on climate change, human rights, and peace.

    After years, even decades of distrust, let's seize this moment of unity, reconciliation and hope to send a message of warm congratulations and invitation to work together to the new President and the American people.

    We've built a huge wall near the White House in Washington DC where the number of signatures on our message and personal messages from around the world will grow over the next several hours. We've also asked Obama to personally receive our petition from a group of Avaaz members. Let's get to 1 million signers and messages to Obama! Sign on at the link below and forward this email to others:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/million_messages_to_oba… />

    This is a time for celebration of democracy, but already the sharks are circling – oil companies, war contractors, conservative lobbyists, and the powerful neo-con clique that brought us the war in Iraq are furiously lobbying to dim the prospects for change. Obama has promised national unity, and these interests will ask a high price for that unity.

    Let's act quickly to make sure the people of the world are heard as Obama makes crucial choices in the coming days on how to live up to his campaign promises to secure a strong global treaty on climate change, ban torture and close Guantanamo prison, withdraw carefully from Iraq, and double aid to make global poverty history. Rarely has a US President been more likely to listen to us.

    We'll make the point that on most of the pressing issues faced by Obama and the American people – from the financial crisis to climate change — we need to work together as one world to achieve change. Sign below and forward this message on:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/million_messages_to_oba… />

    With hope,

    Ricken, Brett, Alice, Iain, Paula, Paul, Graziela, Pascal, Milena, Graziela and the whole Avaaz team.

    PS – Send us a picture of yourself for our wall – email it to obamawall@avaaz.org

    PPS – Here's a link to a report on Avaaz's past campaigning – http://www.avaaz.org/en/report_back_2/<br />

    PPS – And here's a list of 10 of Obama's campaign promises that concern the world – you can find his full platform here http://www.barackobama.com/issues/:<br />

    · Reduce the US's carbon emissions 80 by 2050 and play a strong positive role in negotiating a binding global treaty to replace the expiring Kyoto Protocol.

    · Withdraw all combat troops from Iraq within 16 months and keep no permanent bases in the country.

    · Establish a clear goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons across the globe

    · Close the Guantanamo Bay detention center

    · Double US aid to cut extreme poverty in half by 2015 and accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculoses and Malaria

    · Open diplomatic talks with countries like Iran and Syria, to pursue peaceful resolution of tensions

    · De-politicize military intelligence to avoid ever repeating the kind of manipulation that led the US into Iraq

    · Launch a major diplomatic effort to stop the killings in Darfur

    · Only negotiate new trade agreements that contain labor and environmental protections

    · Invest $150 billion over ten years to support renewable energy and get 1 million plug-in electric cars on the road by 2015

    ————————————–

    You are receiving this email because someone sent it to you via the “tell-a-friend” tool at Avaaz.org. Avaaz retains no information about individuals contacted through this tool. Avaaz will not send you further messages without your consent–although your friends could, of course, send you another message.

  11. Hi,

    I just joined this great campaign to send a global message to Obama and thought you might be interested — here's the email about it below —

    _____

    Dear friends,

    After 8 long years of Bush – a fresh start!

    Entrenched interests stand in the way, but Obama's victory brings a chance for the US to finally join with the world community to take on pressing challenges on climate change, human rights, and peace.

    After years, even decades of distrust, let's seize this moment of unity, reconciliation and hope to send a message of warm congratulations and invitation to work together to the new President and the American people.

    We've built a huge wall near the White House in Washington DC where the number of signatures on our message and personal messages from around the world will grow over the next several hours. We've also asked Obama to personally receive our petition from a group of Avaaz members. Let's get to 1 million signers and messages to Obama! Sign on at the link below and forward this email to others:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/million_messages_to_oba… />

    This is a time for celebration of democracy, but already the sharks are circling – oil companies, war contractors, conservative lobbyists, and the powerful neo-con clique that brought us the war in Iraq are furiously lobbying to dim the prospects for change. Obama has promised national unity, and these interests will ask a high price for that unity.

    Let's act quickly to make sure the people of the world are heard as Obama makes crucial choices in the coming days on how to live up to his campaign promises to secure a strong global treaty on climate change, ban torture and close Guantanamo prison, withdraw carefully from Iraq, and double aid to make global poverty history. Rarely has a US President been more likely to listen to us.

    We'll make the point that on most of the pressing issues faced by Obama and the American people – from the financial crisis to climate change — we need to work together as one world to achieve change. Sign below and forward this message on:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/million_messages_to_oba… />

    With hope,

    Ricken, Brett, Alice, Iain, Paula, Paul, Graziela, Pascal, Milena, Graziela and the whole Avaaz team.

    PS – Send us a picture of yourself for our wall – email it to obamawall@avaaz.org

    PPS – Here's a link to a report on Avaaz's past campaigning – http://www.avaaz.org/en/report_back_2/<br />

    PPS – And here's a list of 10 of Obama's campaign promises that concern the world – you can find his full platform here http://www.barackobama.com/issues/:<br />

    · Reduce the US's carbon emissions 80 by 2050 and play a strong positive role in negotiating a binding global treaty to replace the expiring Kyoto Protocol.

    · Withdraw all combat troops from Iraq within 16 months and keep no permanent bases in the country.

    · Establish a clear goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons across the globe

    · Close the Guantanamo Bay detention center

    · Double US aid to cut extreme poverty in half by 2015 and accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculoses and Malaria

    · Open diplomatic talks with countries like Iran and Syria, to pursue peaceful resolution of tensions

    · De-politicize military intelligence to avoid ever repeating the kind of manipulation that led the US into Iraq

    · Launch a major diplomatic effort to stop the killings in Darfur

    · Only negotiate new trade agreements that contain labor and environmental protections

    · Invest $150 billion over ten years to support renewable energy and get 1 million plug-in electric cars on the road by 2015

    ————————————–

    You are receiving this email because someone sent it to you via the “tell-a-friend” tool at Avaaz.org. Avaaz retains no information about individuals contacted through this tool. Avaaz will not send you further messages without your consent–although your friends could, of course, send you another message.

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