Originally Posted by Wonderment
A black president of the USA is a monumental human rights achievement. The blight of Western racism (white supremacy) has affected the whole world, and the whole world is paying attention to the significance of Obama abroad among heads of state.
Obama's election won't absolve the West of responsibility. It won't suddenly catapult us to a "post-racial" society. The civil rights struggle will continue far behind January of 2009. But Obama's nomination and potential election is a historic milestone for Europe, America and the world.
I am living in the south of France the summer.
A few months ago a man at a dinner party said to me, "Do you realize what this would mean to the world? If Obama beats Hillary? We could never have the possibility of a minority representing our country at the highest level. It would never happen." Of course Hillary is long gone, but his point is even more relevant seeing the way the election is going.
And of course the media is hungry for this kind of coverage. Can you imagine covering the last 2 elections and
8 years of the Bush Administration?? So they have an affinity...so what.
General aside: I am writing in the remote countryside and I LIVE for bloggingheads...it keeps me sane!