Tuesday was a bad day for America’s racial grievance industry: Not only did Barack Obama become President-elect, but voters continued to show their mistrust for racial quotas and set-asides.
While Mr. Obama was winning 43% of the white vote nationally – Nebraska and Colorado were also weighing a ballot initiative that would eliminate race and gender preferences in government hiring. The measure passed easily in Nebraska, and similar bans have already passed in Michigan, California and Washington state.
Returns in Colorado were still too close to call as we went to press, but opponents of the ban were ahead slightly, 50% to 49%, with 91% of precincts counted.
The existence of racism in America has long been used by some civil rights leaders and the political left as an all-purpose explanation for racial disparities. According to the likes of Al Sharpton and Julian Bond, bigotry is at the root of higher rates of black teen pregnancy or lower rates of black homeownership. The election of a black President doesn’t mean that racism no longer exists. But it does make it harder to justify the claim that a racist country is the major obstacle to black advancement.
As President, Mr. Obama will have to meet the expectations of millions of voters, including minorities.
Slavery and Jim Crow are part of America’s history, and racial preferences, however misguided, have been an attempt to atone for that past. But Mr. Obama’s own success and the success of initiatives banning racial discrimination are signs that America wants to move past the era of racial spoils or favoritism and toward a new era of color-blind opportunity for all.
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal
Yes if a black Obama can become president then any black person has just as much a chance as a white person to make something out of themself, all they have to do is be willing to work for it!