Let’s get this out right away: we still have a long way to go. We have longer to go than I thought we did, frankly, after electing our first African American president to the highest political office in the land.
The events of Ferguson, MO, New York City, Cleveland, OH, and Miami Gardens, FL (and these are just the tip of the iceberg if the testimony of vast numbers of African American men and women across the country is any indication) suggest that race-based inequities and race-rooted “misfortunes” are still very much with us.
Not to mention: does the kind of extraordinary resistance Obama has gotten from his first day in office have anything to do with his race? Many a Republican politician and party operatives insist that presidential politics is inherently hardball, a “contact sport” as Bill Clinton once famously put it. But still. . . some of us can’t help but wonder: is race a factor in at least exacerbating some of the animosities the president has endured?