The New York Times offers up some evidence of the long-promised post-racial society, but not the sort that Obama supporters had in mind.
Among the many reverberations of President Obama’s election, here is one he probably never anticipated: at least 32 African-Americans are running for Congress this year as Republicans, the biggest surge since Reconstruction, according to party officials.
Party officials and the candidates themselves acknowledge that they still have uphill fights in both the primaries and the general elections, but they say that black Republicans are running with a confidence they have never had before. They credit the marriage of two factors: dissatisfaction with the Obama administration, and the proof, as provided by Mr. Obama, that blacks can get elected.
I detest the idea of anyone considering candidates on the basis of their skin color, and I welcome greater competition into the ranks of both parties, including the sort that comes from folks who might not have expected that they could be successful in the past.
I suspect that, as the Obama love starts to fade and people start to feel OK about criticizing him, many blacks in particular have realized that opposition to him is not related to his race, and that their race is similarly irrelevant. I hope (there’s that word again) that this has led many people to explore their own political opinions, divorced from identities, a bit more, and that this will, ultimately, lead to openings of minds across the spectrum.