Book puts Obama era in perspective

Something amazing happened for me when I read Gwen Ifill's new book The Breakthrough, which focuses on politics and race in the year of President Obama's election. Ms. Ifill is the senior news correspondent for The News Hour with Jim Lehrer .

Before her book was published, she was heavily condemned and criticized for being selected to moderate a presidential debate between candidates Obama and John McCain. Her critics thought her book was about Mr. Obama, and it was assumed by Obama-haters that she would show favoritism to him over Mr. McCain in the debate. Of course, this didn't happen.

Three of her major critics were Fox television commentators Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly, plus radio show host Rush Limbaugh. Personally, I consider these individuals to be modern-day, corporate Klu Klux Klansmen. They actually have taken racism upon people of color to a whole new level.

I found Ms. Ifill's book to be quite fascinating and intellectual. She did a beautiful and remarkable job in comparing and contrasting ideologies of politicians of color from the civil rights era to those of today.

She also explains in great depth how the new generation of politicians want to leave the civil rights agenda behind to forge a new path by making America more inclusive for everyone, not just for people of color.

I do feel that Ms. Ifill subliminally reveals her preference of what side she's in most agreement with, but I'm not going to reveal this information because I want individuals to acquire this knowledge by reading her book. Ms. Ifill's book is a brilliant and timely work that advances the mind to a whole new level for political understanding in this era of President Obama.

E. Maner

Augusta

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