Barack Obama’s position as the first black president of the United States has certainly exposed a lot about how our society truly feels about race and politics, and in an effort to make sense of it all, legal analyst, author, and professor Charles Ogletree has developed a course on “Understanding Obama” at Harvard University’s Law School. According to Mediaite, the course will go as follows:
“This reading group will focus on the way in which race, religion, and politics have impacted the development of President Obama as a leader. We will explore his views as a biracial child, his time as a student at Harvard Law School, the successes and failures of his political campaigns, and the way religion and his views on faith nearly derailed his campaign. Finally, time will be spent analyzing the challenges he faces as president of the United States in establishing both his domestic and global policies.”
Ogletree, who was a mentor to the President and First Lady during their time at Harvard Law, told The Daily Caller that the class will touch on both negative and positive aspects of Obama’s political career.
“They’ll be reading both critical and positive issues about Obama — of what’s happened in terms of the way the race and religion have been viewed during his candidacy, his presidency, and how it affects the larger country; and some other classic reading on issues of law and justice.”
Ogletree said his personal feelings about Obama will not be a part of the curriculum, but he did say, “I’m an Obama fan, I love the president — love him and his wife. They were wonderful people to serve as a mentor when they were here in the law school at separate times in the 1980s. There’s a lot to learn.”
Perhaps this course will open student’s eyes on how having a black president has and has not made us a post-racial society. What do you think about this course idea?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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