On Friday, President Obama challenged the nation to "do some soul-searching" in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin. I am a well-meaning white person. I am married to a beautiful black woman from South Africa. But for all my bona fides in brotherly love, I regularly fail to meet the president's test.
Obama's speech hit all the right notes -- there is no question that he addressed the primary issues many people of color have been deeply concerned about on this topic -- and it almost felt good to hear him talk about the "pain" and "experience" of black America. It almost felt good -- but it didn't.