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Identity ComplexMaking the Case for Multiplicity$
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Michael Hames-García

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816649853

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816649853.001.0001

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Reflections on Identity in the Obama Era

Reflections on Identity in the Obama Era

(p.151) Conclusion Reflections on Identity in the Obama Era
Identity Complex

Michael Hames-García

University of Minnesota Press

This concluding chapter reflects briefly on the possibilities of moving beyond legacies of inequality and despair under the administration of Barack Obama. It also pays attention to “class”, a subject that progressive scholars think should be the focus of the Obama administration. A review of the first year and a half of Obama’s presidency reveals many things worth mentioning in the context of this book on identity and multiplicity. The chapter analyzes two events that touch on the future of identity and identity politics: Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court and Senate confirmation hearings, and the controversial arrest of Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates, or “Henry Louis Gate.” At the core of this discussion lies the belief that identity plays a meaningful and substantial role in shaping a person’s opinions, values, judgments, moral convictions, and capacity for empathy.

Keywords:   inequality, despair, Barack Obama, class, Obama administration, identity, multiplicity, Sonia Sotomayor, Henry Louis Gate

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