he politicization of identifications and the articula-
tion of identity as a platform from which to launch
political, social, and artistic actions continue to be
significant actions in spite of the heralding of the current
moment as post-racial. The enacting of “others” as an explo-
ration of how identity matters and the expression of indi-
vidual agency persists as well. Indeed, one might argue that
the politics of identity has returned with a vengeance. Its
shape has shifted, but its core concern remains social, fi-
nancial, and political empowerment through the use of the
particularities of identity. For evidence of these phenomena
at work, one need look only to the 2008 presidential cam-
paign. On the Democratic side, the race was between two
politically savvy, well-heeled, and connected competitors
with educations from elite institutions: Hillary Rodham
Clinton and Barack Obama. When the candidates Clinton
and Obama hit the campaign trail, they did not dwell on the
particularities of their identities; they focused instead on
their prodigious experience. However, when attention was
trained on the historic importance of the electoral race—
for the first time in American history, there was a serious
possibility that the nation’s leader would not be a moneyed
white man with an exclusive education—the competition
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