Now this is a good question socio-political question, and seems like a good time to explore it, which a gathering of black journalists recently did.
The theme was “Obama Presidency: What’s Race Got To Do With It?”
Rhetorical question, presumably. Race has been a tense and ever-present issue in America since Obama rose to the national spotlight. And oddly, for a man touted as a ‘post-partisan’, ‘post-racial’ leader (both terms having been used freely throughout the election year), we’ve been more focused on race-based politics than anytime in recent history.
Mary Frances Berry, the Geraldine R. Segal professor of American social thought and a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, said Obama’s presidency is a moment, and compared it with a love affair. At least she’s honest.
“If you’ve ever had a love affair and been in the deep throes of passion, it’s hard for people to tell you anything,” Berry said. “When we get over the love affair, maybe it will be after four years or maybe eight years, then we’ll be able to think more clearly.”
Trouble is, we need to think more clearly now. Could we convene a panel on that?