After having elected the nation's first black president, we were told that a great hurdle was cleared. That the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. was reached because we elected a man based on the "content of his character" and not the color of his skin. Two years after the election, we see that this country's obsession with race has only intensified.
We're told that race doesn't matter - shouldn't matter, but the race factor is pounded into our heads as if it's the deciding factor.
From Border Patrol agents who act in an inexplicably racist manner to the weekly all-things-racial agitprop from newspaper columnists - if race can be an issue, it seems that race is the only issue. (In Rufus Sander's latest column, can his praise of a conversative like Herman Cain be explained any other way than by pointing out that Cain is black?) A new law in Arizona is construed as "racist" because 99% of the people who violate immigration laws in Arizona are of one particular race. Is there a way to protect the US border without it being described as racist?
The era of hope, change, unity has devolved into a racially charged shouting match.
Be on the lookout for the ulterior motives of anyone who cries "racist" too quickly. (Not the Border Patrol guys, mind you. I can only imagine both of those agents will be fired in the near future if what was written in the pages of this newspaper was accurate.) In political debate, claims of racism are often abused to distract from the main issue in an argument.
In Arizona, the claims of racism are being used to distract people from the issue of whether or not the government is upholding it's duty to secure the US border.
Tea party activist are regularly maligned with accusations of racism to distract from the issues on which they attempt to focus: Out-of-control govenment spending will never be addressed if the left-wing is able to cut the conversation short with a flippant accusation of racism. (Which I've heard is a tactic being promoted among left wing groups who see how effective it can be.)
A phony charge of racism seems to be lurking behind every political debate. One dare not make a simple observation if it involves race for fear of being branded a racist.
Where are we headed on this issue?