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Washington African Americans See Representation in Obama

New America Now Radio, Audio, Odette Keeley Posted: Nov 07, 2008

Editor's Note: Odette Keeley, news anchor for "Stories From The Ethnic Media" in NAM's radio program, "New America Now", talks to ethnic media professionals on the biggest headlines in their news outlets and their take on the news of the day.

This week: One of the many surprises of Barack Obama's win was who voted for him. There was a dramatic shift in voter demographics in some states, including Virginia, which has been Republican for decades. James Wright is the senior political reporter for the Washington Afro and explains Obama's winning strategy in that state. He also says many Washington D.C. African American voters believe Obama will fight for their issues.

San Francisco Bay Area cartoonist Khalil Bendib explores themes often avoided by other cartoonists such as racial injustice, immigration and Islamophobia. Where others see sacred cows, Bendib makes shish kebab. Bendib shares how the 2008 presidential election season was rich fodder for his cartoons and how Arab Americans have mixed views about Obama.



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