An interesting article on the European enthusiasm toward Barack Obama had this little gem of a thought in it:
If Obama follows the sort of race-conscious policies he has faithfully supported for the last quarter century . . . then racial divisions will continue and perhaps sharpen. If he is true to the “post-racial” rhetoric of his campaign, however, and seeks healing indirectly by helping the poor lift themselves out of poverty, then he would have better chances of long-term success. Short-term, though, he would invite noisy denunciations of betrayal from the Jacksons and Sharptons of this world.
Six months from now, one of two men will be our new President. Between the two of them I do not currently have a preference but I would argue that “noisy denunciations of betrayal from the Jacksons and Sharptons of this world” can only be a good thing – no matter who’s getting them.