In this chapter, the author specifically focuses on some of the notable accomplishments of President Obama during his third year in Office. The author starts by discussing how, in this year, he missed seeing Trump becoming a future president of the US. According to Obama, Trump was openly giving out derogatory remarks against other racial groups such as blacks and Mexicans. Thus, there was no possibility that people would see him as fit to be President of the US. He reflects on Obama’s third year in office and the high level of appreciation and respect that people had for Michelle Obama. In this regard, the author points out that the US was “trying to reach for the best part of itself” at that time because of the efforts the Obama Administration played in helping the country since Obama was in power (Coates 86). Coates considers Obama’s presidency to be more than a symbol in itself. He suggests that Obama’s presidency was not just a win for black people but also for the Democrats as it brought a lot of hope to them. He, however, indicates that the great of admiration for Obama majorly led to some level of white resentment against him. However, the Asians, blacks, and Latinos had come up to “sink the Republican Party” (Coates 128). Owing to the effect that Obama’s presidency had in making the racial minorities feel part of the US, blacks Asians and Latinos, therefore, felt that they needed to show more support for the Democratic Party and suppress the conservative ideals of the Republican Party.
Coates also discusses his time in the seventh-grade year in Chapter Three of the book. It was during this time that blacks happened to openly talk more about various issues that they were facing in the society. For instance, during that time, black people happened to have recognized the salient idea of HIV being a plague and thus happened to talk about it more as they became more aware of it. It was also during this time that there existed a lot of murder cases in the country as people struggled to survive and seek help from the relevant authorities, from wherever they lived. However, very few black people talked about the American Civil War in which they fought in and made an impact in the country’s nationalism. Coates points out that the Nationalism ideology demonstrated a “great physical, philosophical, and moral truth” about black people’s roles in the American society (135). However, the sacrifices that the African Americans had made in building America appeared not to have been taken into consideration as far as the American story is concerned.