from Robert Kaiser of the WaPo:
[quote]I suspect that a generation or two from now, the 2012 election will be remembered as another milestone on the long road toward the resolution of what Gunnar Myrdal, the great Swedish intellectual, called the American Dilemma--our racial division. No aspect of American society has been more important over the last 225 years, in my opinion. In 2008 we elected the first black president, an amazing turn of events to someone like me born in 1943. Now that black president has been re-elected, a sign that his occupancy of the White House was accepted as normal, and, for more than half the country, desirable too. In 1943, a man who looked like Barack Obama could not eat lunch in the cafeteria of a Washington department store a few blocks from the hospital where I was born. Eighty years earlier such a man was owned as private property by "gentlemen" farmers across the river in Virginia. We have indeed come a long, long way.