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Racial divide expected to persist in US

Obama presidency not likely to shift views for years

CHICAGO — The raucous scene at President Obama’s election night victory party was a full-throated display of exuberant diversity as supporters from across the racial spectrum danced, cheered, and celebrated until well into the morning.

But whether Obama has moved the country toward greater racial harmony — a “post-racial” society in substance as well as in symbol — might not be answered until long after his unprecedented presidency has ended.

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