In the comments to Required Reading below, RPD says, “I question that President Obama will really make that much of a difference as far as race relations. He strikes me as more of a marker showing where we are, rather than a vehicle for going further.”
Maybe that’s exactly what President Obama is. And maybe that’s less than he could be, or maybe not. But I’d argue that “where we are” still speaks well of us as a nation. We’ve come a long, long way and in a relatively short time.