This election is about race. Perhaps even more than it is about the economy or the wars.
Now, before you decide to argue with me on this one, go listen to Michele Norris and Steve Inskeep talk with voters in a small Pennsylvania town about race, racism, and the presidental election. Everyone should listen to the conversation that aired on All Things Considered, although the piece featured on Morning Edition is interesting as well. These conversations are jarring - they show just how very bind to our privileges and our prejudices we still are.
I don't want to give too much away, because I think that listening to the NPR pieces in full is a sure way to better understand just how deep, and how elusive, our problems with race still are. Yet, listen in particular to one woman who insists that she just knows by looking at Obama that she can't trust him - a gut feeling that she insists isn't racist, but that she acknowledges will trump anything she learns about him through his actions or words.
Go listen. Then I hope you'll come back here to record your thoughts.