- Peniel Joseph: Sessions hearings and Obama farewell speech together illustrate US racial schizophrenia
- Political atmosphere of distortion on racial matters is perfectly suited to Sessions, who denies a racist past, he writes
Peniel Joseph is the Barbara Jordan Chair in Political Values and Ethics and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is also a professor of history. He is the author of several books, most recently "Stokely: A Life." The views expressed here are his.
(CNN)President Obama's farewell address Tuesday night, in combination with Senate hearings for Alabama senator and attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions on Tuesday afternoon, presents a stark example of America's schizophrenic racial landscape.