If we fail to summon the courage necessary to identify racial animus where it exists, and to in turn adjust our approach to policy-making accordingly, all Americans will pay a price, not just those who are the typical targets of racial animus.
The racial anger isn't just palpable any more; it's manifest. And again, Texas is getting attention for its ignorance instead of its greatness. In an upscale neighborhood of Northwest Austin, a Republican voter has hung an empty chair in effigy from a tree in his front yard.
Racism is alive and well. Let no one tell you otherwise. But meaningfully addressing that reality relies on navigating a middle path that's become increasingly hard to reach as our intercultural engagement has begun to boil over.
Their role should be to help people to separate the truth of the candidates they see from the stories that carry us. If anything can convince another to follow the straight line, it is the power of God's word. I say we apply it.
In one study, racial antipathy even extended to the Obama family dog. At first glance, it seems petty. But the never-ending assault on the Obamas has been the one constant from the moment that Obama declared his presidential candidacy in 2007.
Obama's grasp of issues and his management style alone would have been deemed outstanding by any measure if he were a white man rather than black and any assertion to the contrary is disingenuous to say the least.
We have been both astonished and frustrated over the years by the isolationist cast of much commentary about the black experience in the United States and racism more generally as an international, rather than national phenomenon.