He does not yet have his party’s nomination, but Barack Obama has already succeeded in doing something no other candidate has been able to do: Demolish the racial barrier to the highest office in the land.
As Jeff Jacoby notes, whites in record numbers are voting for a black man for President. But unlike previous black candidates like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, Obama’s candidacy is not built on a foundation of black victimology and white guilt.
The color of Obama’s skin is irrelevant to his character and to his fitness for office. Would that its significance to his campaign were nil. No, we’re not there yet. But there is no faster way to a society in which race doesn’t matter than to stop talking and acting as if it does.