The most consequential racism is the result of white bias vis a vis a minority. The reason for that is sheer numbers. There are more white people than anyone else. White people heavily weight the American consensus because they are the majority. The “white consensus” is often discussed in the press and media where it is called “American opinion” or “Public opinion.”
During the 2008 election a popular question in polling industry was “is
Even the liberal media was complicit in this subtle, but nevertheless significant race gaffe. The question was not whether
The question of
First, there is an implication of doom. It is like asking if Whites have braced themselves for this terrible event as if they were prisoners being walked to their execution. Not being white, I can not imagine what the basis of the fear is. I can only speculate that those who “weren’t ready” were (are), um, I don’t know… Bigots? Racists, maybe? Or were they not ready in the same sense we are ready when we go out on the town? Did they not have their hair and makeup done? Did they not finish decorating the cake? I have yet to have this explained to me?
Also, readiness hints at permission, the same kind of permission that was categorically denied dignity-seeking Blacks previous to and during the Civil Rights movement. In those days it was not uncommon to be told “it’s not your time yet” by people who were accustomed to weighing in as the guardians of
To some it may seem as if I am obsessed with the past considering that yes, America was ready for a black president, but bear with me; the issue was not whether we were able to elect a black person, but the continuing issue of our national character. In the 21st century we still speak in coded language that hints at an acceptable bias. When we ask if