Tightrope: A Racial Journey to the Age of Obama explores race and politics in the United States, addressing racial inequalities and injustices that have led to a point in history where, seemingly improbably, Americans have elected (and re-elected) a black man as president. We, as a nation, have taken precarious steps to arrive at the age of Obama, while remaining steeped in contradictions. Our steps on this racial tightrope are a work in progress—a history in the making—that will largely influence who we are and who we hope to become as Americans.
Office for the Advancement of Research, CUNY John Jay College; Garfield, Gail; Browne-Marshall, Gloria; Rothman, Barbara Katz; and Roberts, Lynn, "OAR Book Talk Series: Gail Garfield's "Tightrope"" (2015). CUNY Academic Works.