The election of a black President induced Republicans to throw gasoline on the racist kindling they've nurtured for decades. When democrats became the party of equal rights for blacks in the mid-sixties, racists sought a new home. They found it with Republicans.
This was carefully designed to yank the albatross of race off the Tea Party and the GOP's back. But, that hardly meant that race was off the GOP table as a major political weapon in the GOP's political attack arsenal.
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.
Florida GOP Congressman Allen West, in his trademark shoot-from-the-lip style, made brief news recently when he dredged out the worn term" plantationism" to describe the alleged relationship between blacks and Democrats.
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.