Some smart observations from Publius:

I’m a child of the rural South. But you know what? Actual racism is a lot less common there we have a ways to go, but there has been real progress on that front. The more serious problem is white resentment. A lot of white people honestly think they have been significantly deprived of various things because of minorities. And it’s hard to overstate how deeply these feelings run.

It’s not so much animosity toward people who are different it’s the animosity of the aggrieved. They feel like they are the victims. That’s why race is a losing issue for Obama it’s not so much that people are racist, but that they feel they are being punished because they’re white (yes, I know how completely absurd this must sound to the black community).

This is the poisoned fruit of that poisonous, if well-intentioned, policy of affirmative action.