Overlord, I think it did, just not in ways most people were expecting, though.
I think race mattered more in a positive way than a negative way this time around. A vast majority of black voters did indeed vote for Obama, and I'm sure many took the vote just to get a brother in the Oval Office, but a lot
of white voters put him there too...that includes myself and a large portion of my extended family.
So we can't claim racial preference...I cast my vote for Obama early in the year in the Georgia primary and I did it again this month. I made my choice I'm sticking to that decision and I voted for who I believed was the best candidate. I believe I voted for the right reasons.
Four black men also tortured and murdered a white man and his black wife shortly after the election... they'll deny it as a cause but this sort of violence is not one way.
I think it's been mentioned before - this isn't the fulfillment of Martin Luther King's dream. It is a milestone, however.
Veks, to paraphrase Dr. King, I don't think we'll ever truly 'get there'...not 100%. A near-utopian society as we see in Star Trek might be a bit too much to ask for, but I think a future where we've largely marginalized issues like racism is most certainly attainable.
Our problem lies in the fact that we attribute too many crimes and sins against race, and not individuals. It's a lot easier to divide people up by skin color and backgrounds than to assign it good vs. evil...which is especially interesting since so many societal institutions including religion seem bent on veering away from evil.
And let's face it, slavery is a permanent blot on our country's resume...Germany is never going to entirely live down the Nazi era, but both countries have also made much progress since then. I think the thing to be mindful of here in the States is that nobody alive is responsible for or can be sued, blamed or otherwise condemned for slavery; it's a far bygone era and everyone connected to it is long dead.
So cutting a check to the black population to pay them off to be silent is the totally wrong approach; because they know in their hearts it's really about getting the money, and nothing else. In much of the white populationís eyes, it will do nothing to destroy the image of the welfare black, only make it worse. In the end, everyone will remain just as bitter. The very least the government can do is publicly apologize for it, but I really don't know what else can be done, other than truly take Dr. King's words and deeds to heart and make the place a better one for everyone.
The white supremacists that fuel the flames in racially tense times; these guys are nothing but cowards. They're scared little people that erroneously believe an influx of non-white blood into the national population is going to marginalize them in society. These guys need to put down Jim Beam and their banjoes and get off their asses and make something of themselves, and stop waiting to put down another race just to make themselves look better.
We have to ask ourselves at what point do we stop passing the buck and the blame? If blacks can get a government check for slavery, then they better get in line fast, because that line is going to be full of Native Americans who have been marginalized for just as long or longer.
And how far can we go back? I should be able to sue Rome then, because once upon a time my Celtic and Germanic ancestors were slain or enslaved by Romans, or at least forced to live under the flag of a vassal state.
So...racially-fueled incidents will probably always haunt us, because some people will always be raised in ignorance, or choose to remain that way. Even in the Star trek ideal there were individuals and incidents, but if we move the right direction as a society, we might not land smack in the center of the Promised Land, but we can surely at least reach the suburbs.