We don't assume pat answers are adequate for enabling our children to learn to navigate relationships, nutrition, sexuality, religion, emotions or any other challenging reality. Why should race and racism be any different?
Even as our nation's first black president prepares to give his State of the Union Address, there is still significant work to be done on several fronts to achieve the equality that our founders envisioned.
Martin Luther King, Jr. understood that freedom without the security of benefitting from the economic and political stability that African Americans helped create was an empty freedom. Today, we haven't moved nearly far enough.
With an Obama presidency, the last, great obstacle to meaningful racial equality in America will vanish, and with it, the yoke, real and perceived, of the limitations of the black experience in our country.