News Sections
Ball State Professor: Race Still An Issue Throughout Country
Updated May 5, 2013 12:06 AM | Filed under: Network Indiana
 Print    Archive    RSS

(MUNCIE) - The inauguration of Barack Obama holds the potential to mark a turning point in the way black and white Americans perceive race.

Ball State Sociology Professor Melinda Messineo says research shows young African-Americans overestimate their chance of hitting it big as athletes or musicians, a trend she attributes to the fact that's where the most widely-known potential black role models have made their reputations.

While Obama has shattered one glass ceiling, there are only two black governors. And only four African-Americans have served in the U.S. Senate, with only one there now.

But Messineo says the symbolic weight of an African-American winning the highest office in the land conveys the message that there are no limits.

Messineo cautions Obama's election does not mean racial discrimination is extinct. She says there's a risk people will conclude those battles are over.

« Previous Article
Next Article »

 Print    Archive    RSS

Have a question or comment about a news story? Send it to

Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW
Find more about Weather in Bedford, IN
Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW

1340 AM WBIW, Bedford's Place To Talk. Serving Lawrence and surrounding counties since 1948!

© 2018 Ad-Venture Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. and Listen Live Powered by HPC

Advertise  |  Careers  |  Contests  |  About  |  Feedback  |  Public File