If you look back at the state of race relations from 1980 through 2008 things were pretty calm. Yes, we had the Rodney King blow-up in Los Angeles in 1992, but we certainly didn't see the race obsession that we see today. Why the change?
Is it because we have a black president? Yes, but perhaps not for the reason you might expect. We are not seeing the racial divides today because people are upset about having a black president. We're seeing racial divides today because liberals, aided by media bias, allowed every bit of opposition to Obama to be labeled as racism. If you opposed Obama's election, you were a racist. If you opposed Obama's policies, you only did so because you were a racist. If you opposed Obama's czars or profligate spending, it's because your underlying racism was affecting your judgment. You see, the truly enlightened who didn't have a racist bone in their body embraced Obama, for he was The One.
After three years of being told that all opposition to Obama is racism, it doesn't take much to make all opposition to government policies racist too. And opposition to common sense ideas like Voter ID. And opposition to outdated ideas like Affirmative Action and Voting Rights Act restrictions on states.
Add to that things like the Trayvon Martin case, in which racism was asserted early and often with complete disregard for the facts, and society quickly starts taking sides. There is no one worse for race relations than Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and both have thrown themselves headlong into the Martin case with the full support of the media. Now the races start looking with great suspicion at each other and before long all the gains made since the 60's have evaporated and old hatred are rekindled. It's a mess out there right now.
Obama could have stopped this early on but he felt it was in his best interest to allow all opposition to be improperly characterized as racism. He played it for all it was worth. Mr. Unity has become the most divisive president in history.
And it didn't have to happen. Martin Luther King Jr. would weep today to see what the left has done to his dream.