chapter  1
Yes We Did?: Race, Myth and the News Revisited
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The editorial cartoon in the January 19, 2009, edition of The ClarionLedger , the daily newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi, featured a drawing of “History’s Calendar,” with Monday, January 19, identified as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and these words: “Yes we can.” Tuesday, January 20, was identified as Inauguration Day and read, “Yes we did.” The cartoon was drawn by Pulitzer Prize-nominee Marshall Ramsey, whose commonsense understanding of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44 th president of the United States was reflected in news coverage from all over the country that day: That the inauguration of the country’s first AfricanAmerican president was evidence of the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream.