While the nation pats itself on the back for finally offering up a serious black presidential candidate, there has been stunningly little serious discussion of racial inequality in the campaign. Tavis Smiley hosted a couple of forums and in March Barack Obama gave an impassioned speech on race, but these were the proverbial drops in a bucket where space is filled with debates over Iraq, healthcare and who has the best experience and judgment to be President. Racial inequality and what, if anything, to do about it, have not been part of the discussion. Yet race remains a fundamental divide in American society. Some racial disputes have received attention. Whether Hillary Clinton dissed Martin Luther King Jr. in crediting LBJ for his role in enacting the Civil Rights Act of 1964 received some attention, as did Bill’s comment about Jesse Jackson winning the South Carolina primaries in the 1980s. Geraldine Ferraro’s comment about Obama’s good fortune for not being a white man and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s contrary views were also widely reported. More recently, Clinton’s self-proclaimed support among “hardworking…white Americans” touched off a brief firestorm. And all the networks dutifully note how the white, black and Hispanic votes have… Read full this story
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