wake me up when we become "post-racial"
well, honestly, i've been disappointed in the (quite literally) black and white characterization of our american civil war to the exclusion of all other gradients of gray (pun intended) which would otherwise serve to illustrate the downside to unrestrained federal power. (substitute "federal" with "confederate", and understand why individuals MUST be empowered to resist their state when their state is morally wrong). and i'm also completely flabbergasted that irresponsible journalists will trumpet an unsupportable racial anecdote when good empirical evidence is readily available to refute it, as if that readily available refutation doesn't exist.
i have a president who is just as white as he is anything else. somehow, however, his "blackness" is being waved around like a medieval mace by BOTH sides, in complete ignorance of the very real threats currently assailing this nation, from both without and within. our economic policies (my black and white president's economic policies, which are eerily similar to those of his white predecessor's) are unsustainable. our international diplomacy, (also apparently authored by the previous administration), accomplished at the point of a sword, has destabilized the world, and made us and many others the target for violence and mayhem. our bigotry on all sides is now religious as much as it remains racial, and their is little end in sight.
MLK's "content of their character" is a much more useful measuring stick. i'm thinking we need to insist on more of that, rather than less.