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Looking Back on the Obama Years

Professor Ellis Cashmore discusses Barack Obama’s legacy.

As President Barack Obama gets ready to hand over the keys to the White House to Donald J. Trump, it is difficult to not underestimate the positive change he brought to the country. Social progress has been made on issues like affordable health care, marriage equality, climate change and immigration, making America a more inclusive place for all.

Yet it was on his watch that America witnessed an upheaval of racial tensions that spread throughout the country, following the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager, Trayvon Martin, in 2013. Nationwide protests against police brutality have escalated into riots, including a shooting of five police officers at an anti-violence rally in Dallas, with nearly 90% of African Americans believing they do not have recourse to equal justice.

Professor Ellis Cashmore, of Aston University, is the author of Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama’s America. In this video, he talks about the legacy President Obama leaves behind as the country takes a step into the unknown under President Trump.

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