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  • Lynx

    I both agree and disagree. This is probably the only blog I could do that without being shouted down BTW.

    Certainly it isn’t just about his race. He is an amazing speaker, with great charisma. He has to earn his stripes policy-wise though. Well actually, maybe he’s done that and I just haven’t heard about it, living on the other side of the planet as Chicago.

    While I think it isn’t just that he’s black, I think him being black IS a factor. He’s the perfect black politician. He seems to be black enough so that the black community feels identified, but not so much that the white community feels alienated. Mind you, very few white people would ever vocalize it as “he’s too black” (unlike the black community, that has no problem saying “he’s not black enough”) as political correctness training forces all such feelings deeply underground, but does not eliminate them. It’s important that he’s a black man all but the most retrograde whites can feel comfortable around, on a gut level, where PC training cannot venture. Racial preconceptions are still going strong in all races. The day those feelings are gone will be the day someone tells you “So what do you think about him being black?” and you respond with a look, not of outrage, but of utter confusion.

  • interested

    The day those feelings are gone will be the day someone tells you “So what do you think about him being black?” and you respond with a look, not of outrage, but of utter confusion.

    What an utterly fantastic line.

  • BrianOfAtlanta

    That will be a great day, indeed. I’m pleased to see that my daughter’s generation is closer to it than mine is.

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