Saturday, January 5, 2008

Invisibility of Race and Caste

The victory of Barack Obama in the Democratic caucus in one of the whitest states has been hailed as a sign that the United States is moving beyond the old rhetoric around race. But race may just be becoming invisible, now identified by symbols such as “illegal immigrant,” the cornerstone of the campaign of Iowa’s other winner, Republican Mike Huckabee, says Roberto Lovato in a report distributed by New American Media.

See "Iowa Results: Race Invisibility or Invisible Race?"

The parallel with the role of caste in elections in Kerala and elsewhere in India can hardly be ignored.

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