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"we are far more race blind than america"

This may be based on old information. My experience is that the forced integration of schools and the military starting in the 1960s has paid off. Certainly in more cosmopolitan places like Boston and New York there is pretty broad acceptance of all races. But here in arch-conservative Colorado Springs we have so many mixed race military families that it is almost the norm. It is not even commented on to see families with random backgrounds including orientals, blacks, and whites. In malls and stores one might expect such acceptance simply on a practical basis, but surface tolerance at least extends even to cowboy dance halls, nightclubs, and motorcycle bars where one might expect the most racist types to hang out.

Not to say that there isn't still overt racism; we had a hate crime in our neighborhood just a few months ago. But I think that the broad acceptance of Obama reflects specific government anti-discrimination actions taken within the past four decades.

by asdf on Tue Jan 20th, 2009 at 10:37:52 PM EST
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Definitively not, if race blindness means really blindness. So specific anti-discrimination actions are as well not race blind. Race consciousness is definitively much higher in the US even than in Germany, where it is probably higher than in France. The acceptance of Obama can even be improved due to that, when many Americans have the impression, that 'it was time for an AfroAmerican' to become president.

Der Amerikaner ist die Orchidee unter den Menschen
Volker Pispers
by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Tue Jan 20th, 2009 at 11:52:23 PM EST
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