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Randall Kennedy on This American Moment

by Ashley Grashaw
Sep 22, 2008

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Every so often TOTN will talk to "big gets" — artists, writers, politicians, philosophers, theologians, and thinkers who have packed schedules and are hard to book — about what this election means to them, the country, the world, and history. It's part of our ongoing series called, "This American Moment." Today, Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy will give us his perspective. An expert on race and a Rhodes scholar, Kennedy served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He's penned several books including, Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, and most recently, Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal. And he recently wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post called, "The Big 'What If'," about the potential fallout if Senator Obama loses in November. Should make for a spicy discussion.

So tell us, BOTNers, what does this American moment mean to you? And has your opinion changed since the primaries?

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