The survey suggests that even as the nation crosses a racial threshold when it comes to politics — Mr. Obama, a Democrat, is the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas — many of the racial patterns in society remain unchanged in recent years.
Indeed, the poll showed markedly little change in the racial components of people’s daily lives since 2000, when The Times examined race relations in an extensive series of articles called “How Race Is Lived in America.”
As it was eight years ago, few Americans have regular contact with people of other races, and few say their own workplaces or their own neighborhoods are integrated. In this latest poll, over 40 percent of blacks said they believed they had been stopped by the police because of their race, the same figure as eight years ago; 7 percent of whites said the same thing.
Nearly 70 percent of blacks said they had encountered a specific instance of discrimination based on their race, compared with 62 percent in 2000; 26 percent of whites said they had been the victim of racial discrimination. (Over 50 percent of Hispanics said they had been the victim of racial discrimination.)
“Even after we did this series on how things are fucked up, things are still fucked up.” Valid story. Might have been more valid if you as an institution hadn’t been spending all your time in the past eight years fellating the people who fucked all this up in the first place, but still, valid story, NYT.
Still, I fail to see where Barack Obama has the responsibility to personally wipe out the existence of racist assholes and simpleminded dittoheads who think the reason they’re still not king is that a black dude somewhere woke up this morning.
What was it Jesus said? The closeminded dickheads who hate everybody else for their own miserable failures and blame every minority they see for this one time they got cut off in traffic, you will always have with you? Something like that.