Mark Naison is a professor of history at Fordham University in New York.
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They think this is their country, and they're really special, these tensions are going to get worse. We're stumbling toward being a more multiracial society with everyone's culture respected and everyone having a shot at leadership.
– Mark Naison
I'm never surprised at the depth of racism in Middle America, the depths of it are limitless. There is a well you can dig into if you are white that justifies almost any level of abuse that you can direct at a black person that challenges your comfort zone.
That was Barack Obama one chance to win over the low - and moderate-income whites that are deeply suspicious of Barack Obama, barack Obama could have won over whites with a New Deal jobs program rather than a health care act.
These tensions are going to get worse. We're stumbling toward being a more multiracial society with everyone's culture respected and everyone having a shot at leadership.
Simmering rage, latent racism is becoming more open, because a lot of people are feeling threatened.
It's not just that guy over there, you could be beating my cousin or my boyfriend.
That conversation is difficult, but our history is difficult. Our present is difficult. We need to talk about it.
People may agree that racism is worse.
Latent racism is becoming more open, because a lot of people are feeling threatened.
People are able to empathize, communicate and talk honestly across racial lines much better than they did five years ago, and certainly 10 years ago and 20 years ago.
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