06/18/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Supporter Cleaver: Time For An Honest Conversation About Race

After the election, the next president, be it John McCain or Barack Obama, should seize the moment to call on the nation to have an honest, painful and constructive conversation about race. That will be the moment for town halls and working groups, for understanding and instruction. It would be quite wonderful if enlightened members of Congress became public practitioners of and agents for racial luminosity.

Unlike the Archie Bunker days of my youth, most of the people of our nation will respond affirmatively to a call for a higher and nobler sensitivity. After all, there is no plant in our national garden that requires more diligent watering and vigilant weeding than cross-racial rationality. Sadly and unfortunately, our nation would, in the present atmosphere of the presidential campaign, handle that dialogue deplorably.

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