Obama and Race
In that speech, Mr. Obama declared that “there is not a black America and a white America... . There’s the United States of America.” That’s a beautiful aspiration, and we’re making progress toward it. But this last week has underscored that we’re not nearly there yet.
The outrage over sermons by Mr. Wright demonstrates how desperately we as a nation need the dialogue about race that Mr. Obama tried to start with his speech on Tuesday.
Much of the time, blacks have a pretty good sense of what whites think, but whites are oblivious to common black perspectives.
What’s happening, I think, is that the Obama campaign has led many white Americans to listen in for the first time to some of the black conversation—and they are thunderstruck.
For more on the subject of America's racism, see Highlights of the US Report to the UN on Racism.
Below: Other things that aren't on the minds of self-satisfied Americans: melting ice caps, concentration camps, and rampant commercialism. Not to mention broken treaties, underfunded social services, and assaults on tribal sovereignty.