BY ZAK CHENEY-RICE (October 2019)




Steven Reed And Why "Firsts" Still Matters


     The past decade has been a crash course in the limits of political “firsts.”

Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States, cast himself as the

personification of hope, a balm for a nation scarred by racism. He was convincing

because he believed it himself: His faith in the fundamental goodwill of most white

Americans and understanding that, for many black ones, he heralded a degree of

power few thought they’d see wielded by one of their own, made his vision of a


future marked by unprecedented national unity hard to resist.

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