renowned Southern Baptist theologian describes Luter's election, with good reason, as "the most significant event to happen in our history since our formation." It is certainly a big deal for Baptists. But for most Americans, what could be more unexceptional than the disappearance of racism as a significant bar to black achievement? We live at a time, after all, when a black president lives in the White House and a black justice sits on the Supreme Court. When the success of black supermodels and Fortune 500 CEOs is taken for granted. When celebrity magazines and websites routinely chronicle the lives of black athletes, entertainers, and movie stars. America today is nothing like it was in 1963, when King could only dream of black civil equality and the death of Jim Crow. The pervasive racism he confronted is primarily a historical memory now, while King himself is in the American pantheon. Yet there are still those who insist that America is steeped in white racism -- who even now can look at American public life and see anti-black animus everywhere. "Over the course of the Obama presidency,"