This is great. I found it on KR, and it led me to a rare (these days) political post.
I love Barack Obama. He's smart as hell, articulate to die for, and just a smart, capable guy we could all get behind as a leader. We will be digging out of the mess we are in for many years, and the next president will have a totally thankless task. Of all of the candidates, I think this guy (and probably Bill Richardson) are used to just rolling up their sleeves and not expecting to be loved for it. And I adore his wife, damn, did you read this article about Michelle Obama? God I love the two of them.
The quotes in the article made my day - the audience identified, the quotes are so encouraging - the Iowa audience sees the Obamas as their kind of people.
But really, are we there yet? Are voters color blind enough yet? Is a country that elected Dubya TWICE, may our grandchildren's kids forgive us, really going to vote for Obama? I hope they will. I want to think they will. But I just don't know. I really don't see or hear racism, overt or subtle, in the world in which I live, when I am among white people and people of other races are the topic. In my own small orbit I really do think that people think of other things and race is, if not a total non-issue, just a descriptive detail. It's not like those creepy mommies who scold their kids for describing a classmate as "the black kid," because They Don't SEE COLOR AT ALL! Not at ALL! REALLY! In the world in which I live, race or ethnicity is a thing that just is. It is not a focus that carries a lot of weight anymore in my world. But I don't have any confidence that this translates nationally. I really, really hope it does, but I don't know.