Bell Hooks Discussion Question

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In this article Hooks stated "When the dominant culture demands that the Other be offered as sign that progressive political change is taking place, that the American Dream can indeed be inclusive of difference, it invites a resurgence of essentialist cultural nationalism." After reading this section of the article I couldn't help but to think of President Barack Obama, the first African American President in the history of the United States. His 2008 campaign centered around the ideas of "hope" and "change" and his Presidency was extremely monumental for African American history. Do you think that progressive political changes such as Barack Obama's Presidency is essential to breaking the boundary the "the other" and those who "dominate" them? Do you think the idea of "the other" is a commonly held belief among the majority of Americans or do you think it is ingrained into our subconscious but not thought about consciously?

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