A String of Racial Ironies

Carol Platt Liebau
Posted: Apr 29, 2013 8:12 PM

Who woulda thunk?  The Obama presidency has given rise to a host of race-related ironies.

One-time Obama supporters -- like Tavis Smiley -- opine that Jesse Jackson's presidential campaigns empowered African Americans more than Obama's presidency. 

For the first time in 2012, black voter turnout surpassed white, a factor crucial to Obama's reelection; yet the last five years have been disporportionately hard on minorities and the racial "wealth gap" is greater than ever before.

Seems that this might be a productive time for the GOP to reach out -- with an agenda based on the theme of opportunity.  After all, doesn't every American child (not just the children of the rich) deserve a decent education at a school his/her parents choose? Doesn't every American who's willing to work hard deserve a shot at a job, rather than having to go on disability or food stamps?