Calming the Racial Storm

A racial storm quietly brewed in the contest between the leading Democratic presidential candidates for months before bursting into a full-force typhoon last month. Until the tapes of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermons surfaced, Barack Obama weathered the...

Racial Confessions in a Biracial World

With one Kenyan parent and one white Midwestern parent, I share a similar racial background with Sen. Barack Obama. As such, I’m especially attuned to people’s reactions to him, and one of the most common I hear, especially from white people, is: “He...