Conservative New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote a provocative Op-ED piece on race relations in the White House, citing the irony of having a black president who lacks a connection with central African-American culture. She points out that the administration continues to trip over race instead of embracing it, citing the Sherrod situation as the most recent evidence.
According to Dowd, clumsy handling of race is par for the course in Obama’s White House, many claiming that the president needs some advisers or friends who have a better understanding of issues facing the African-American community. A top Democratic official claimed, “Who knew that the first black president would make it even harder on black people?”
MOMism: “Walk in someone else’s shoes.” We teach our KID-Os to be empathetic, to think about what it is like to walk in somebody else’s shoes, to look at things from a different perspective and never make judgments based on what somebody looks like on the outside.
On the surface one may assume that the election of a black president would be the last word on race relations, but clearly it is much deeper than that. Racial prejudice continues to be a long, hard road. If we keep walking in the right direction, however, one day we’ll get there.