Congratulations on Achieving a Post Racial America!
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and lucky for us, the election of President Barack Obama and the wide spread acceptance of multiracial marriage has led our nation to an era of racial harmony (Except perhaps West Virginia). Okay, maybe we are not really there.
In my mind, the election of Barack Obama was not a sign of racial harmony; it was a sign of tolerance. Forgive my poorly cloaked (and constructed) use of an If-Then but tolerance is not a sufficient sign of harmony. When was the last time you tolerated teachers in schools and oxygen in the air you breathe? They are necessary components, but not the only components necessary.
Further, Barack Obama is a politician, and public officials are far removed from the average citizen’s social conscience. Harmony is best regarded and measured between neighbors. Here is a quick review of the more “tolerant” party. Do white Democratic activists mingle with members of their local Black Caucus or members of Democracia? Do minority Democratic activists support their local party as much as they do their own constituency? In most cases no.
This does not mean something is wrong. It just means that the races are an alliance. Just remember these words from Ambrose Bierce. “An alliance [is] the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other’s pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.”
Here are a few view points for you to consider.
The first is by Andrew Young in an article by CBS News: Post-Racial America? Not Yet, Civil Rights Legend Andrew Young Says.
Here is a different perspective from NPR: Post-Obama, Black Americans More Optimistic.
In case you were wondering, here’s what the Tea Party has to say: