Race is America's Voldemort: That-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named. Even when discrimination's role in an event is obvious, there has to be another reason. It's not about race, it's about class. It's about safety. It's about line dancing. But we are arguably experiencing the greatest racial tensions since the 1960's, Barack or not.
The most prominent racial issue dividing America today is racial profiling. Trayvon, Stop-and-Frisk, Obama's Beer Summit, and Arizona's Show-Me-Your-Papers law are all about acting on racial presumptions.
Three years ago, on a balmy summer night in Palm Beach, I went for a midnight bike ride. Earlier that day, I presented a paper at a law professor conference at the Breakers Hotel. The whole day and early evening was crammed with intense intellectual schmoozing, so I was glad to have some solitary time to explore the long, narrow island. I hopped on my rented beach bike and headed south and over a bridge.
The air was warm and fragrant, the sky clear, and all was quiet. At moments like these, I start thinking about South Florida real estate and what it would be like to live there. Am I a bay person or an ocean person? What do you wear in the wintertime? Is there a beachside university in Florida, with an accredited law school?