Only someone looking at the current state of politics through blinders could write the article Stevens wrote. Not since Abraham Lincoln has a president been met with such a wall of opposition like the one the Republicans have erected.
A good president -- whether white, black or brown -- must speak his mind on whatever serious problem haunts and threatens our nation and its people, even -- or especially -- race. Such a discussion cannot be called "counterproductive."
During the Civil Rights Movement, blacks understood that America was not built for our betterment, and so we marched the streets, demanded better, educated ourselves on issues and laws and took up arms for justice and equality. Why are we waiting now?
For a people who were barely recognized as full citizens with equal rights under the laws of the country they helped to build, it is a victory, whether you are Obama supporter Reverend Al Sharpton or Romney advocate Herman Cain, that a black man now assumes the highest office in the land
In Barack Obama and John McCain, we representatives of an emerging set of values and an enduring tradition. But we didn't get the sort of constructive debate between these traditions showing the value of each.
I remember as a child in school in the late 60s and 70s hearing how in America anyone can grow up to be President, and knowing that it was a lie, knowing that if America had the balls to bet her glory on that statement, America would lose.
Hope, says the dictionary, is about our desires. Faith, on the other hand, is about confidence. I've got tons of the former, and damn near none of the latter. So if Obama offers hope, I'll take what I can get.