Darrien Hawkins

Stories from Darrien Hawkins

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America was heralded as the coming of a new age of race relations in America. Nearly 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the issue of race was deemed no longer relevant, nothing more than a ghost left to haunt the hollows of America’s past. Fast forward to 2016 and Pres. Obama is now viewed by some as the “great divider”, an individual who he alone has set race relations back 100 years. His policies and demeanor have been deemed so appalling to the public he served that he has forced the Americans to embrace the segregationist and protectionist ideologies of a forgone era. If we are to believe one man wielded such an enormous amount of control over the population, then we regrettably have already failed as a nation. A more plausible theory is that the jubilation, comradery, and racial harmony following his election were merely a façade, a mask hiding the scars that discrimination and racial tension continue to etch on the face of America the beautiful.