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by Yvette Carnell
In the lead up to Obama’s 2008 election, many of us thought electing a black President could heal America’s racial wounds. We were, sadly, and unmistakably, wrong. For those who envisioned Obama ushering in a period of racial detente, those dreams were quickly dashed. If anything, the election of the first black president made racists more vocal and forceful, with President Obama being referred to as a “tar baby”, an illegitimate Kenyan, and a man who “hates white culture.”
Does anyone still believe that President Obama’s reelection will do what his historical first election could not? Yep. Touré. In a TIME op-ed, Touré writes:
Anyone would vote for a superhero who lived up to my mom’s standard of having to be twice as good. But for it to embrace a nonmagical black person who cannot promise anything but hope, intelligence, sweat and experience, now that comes closer to equality. Equality is freedom from having to be twice as good to get ahead.