Randall Kennedy on black folk and possibility of an Obama loss:
I anticipate that most black Americans will believe that an Obama defeat will have stemmed in substantial part from a prejudice that robbed 40 million Americans of the chance to become president on the day they were born black. They will of course understand that race wasn't the only significant variable -- that party affiliation, ideological proclivities, strategic choices and dumb luck also mattered. But deep in their bones, they will believe -- and probably rightly -- that race was a key element, that had the racial shoe been on the other foot -- had John McCain been black and Obama white -- the result would have been different.
Meh, I think we'll be fine. If Obama loses black folks will struggle. If he wins we'll struggle. I do think me, personally, I'll have some serious thinking to do if he loses to the sort of campaign McCain is running.
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