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January 24th, 2009
09:45 AM ET

On the Radar: The Obama Effect

Cate Vojdik
AC360 Writer

Looking ahead to Monday …we’re digging deeper into a new study that turned our heads this week.

Researchers have documented what they call the Obama effect. They were able to show that a performance gap that existed between black and white test-takers all but disappeared when the test was given immediately following Barack Obama's convention speech and after Election Day.

Earlier studies have shown that anxieties about racial stereotypes can lower the test-taking proficiency of African-Americans. The researchers who conducted the new study believe the inspiring role model that President Obama projected even before his election helped blacks overcome those anxieties.

The study was small but its findings are provocative. One compelling question is whether the Obama effect will endure. Tom Foreman will have a report for us Monday.

See you then.. and have a great weekend!


Filed under: 360° Radar • Barack Obama • Cate Vojdik • Education • Race in America
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Mike in NYC

    I knew something like this was coming.

    Now I know how readers of Pravda used to feel.

    January 24, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  2. Markeya Culbreth

    Not Yes we Can......BUT YES WE DID!!!!!!!
    President Barack Obama, is truely humble, trustworthy and modest. The nation couldn't have picked a better person to lead our country. I am so very, very poud to be an American. I can remember a time when I would refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance, because I felt that we were not one nation nor was there Liberty and Justice for all. Now I can say it with great Pride and Honor!
    Thank You!
    ~Markeya

    January 24, 2009 at 3:19 pm |