United States presidential election, 2008: The Race Question


Barack Obama – the presumptive Democratic nominee for President, and a prominent advocate of a “post-racial” future – has promised America a way to free itself of its tangled and persistent racial problems.

Linda Chavez shows in an op-ed in Commentary Magazine how Obama has exacerbated these same problems.

“It is universally acknowledged, even by the candidate’s most passionate supporters, that Wright’s sudden notoriety has posed a threat to Obama’s political ambitions. Less frequently voiced is the reason. Wright’s long-term proximity to Obama, and Obama’s lengthy initial refusal to separate himself from Wright — by offering the revealing excuse that to disown Wright would be akin to disowning the entire black community — has thrown a harsh light on another set of realities in America. Even as whites’ attitudes toward blacks have undergone a sea change, a sizable number of blacks remain suspicious of and defiantly hostile to their fellow citizens and the government of the United States.”

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