Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Publication Title

Quarterly Journal of Speech

First Page

178

Last Page

202

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00335630.2012.663499

Abstract

The mainstream press frequently characterized the election of President Barack Obama the first African American US President as the realization of Martin Luther King's dream, thus crafting a postracial narrative of national transcendence. I argue that this routine characterization of Obama's election functions as a site for the production of selective amnesia, a form of remembrance that routinely negates and silences those who would contest hegemonic narratives of national progress and unity.

Rights

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Quarterly Journal of Speech on 04-24-2012, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00335630.2012.663499.