But according to a news report in The New York Times today discussing a recent New York Times/CBS poll, their hopes may be misplaced:
The results of the poll . . . suggested that Mr. Obama's candidacy, while generating high levels of enthusiasm among black voters, is not seen by them as evidence of significant improvement in race relations.
That's a remarkable finding. How can people can believe that most (or all) of white America is irremediably prejudiced against blacks, when perhaps a majority of this country is willing (enthusiastically, in some cases) to trust a man who identifies himself as African American with the most important job in the world?
At the very least, it's dispiriting. It raises the question of whether all the grievance-mongers like Jesse Jackson have done such a good job at instilling interracial suspicion and hostility that it will be almost impossible ever to overcome.
If Barack Obama really wanted to perform a service for this country and for blacks, he would make an effort to undo some of the terrible harm that Jackson and other purveyors of a victim mentality have inflicted.