At home he would . . .lessen the tendency of American blacks to blame all their problems on racism.
I immediately picked up on that, too. I had to roll my eyes twice! Either way there needs to be a "some" in there, either before the word "American" or in place of the world "all." If anyone thinks that an Obama win in this election is going to somehow magically change conditions that black Americans face on Nov. 5, then he is delusional. I think the most that can happen is that attitudes -- both of white and black Americans -- may begin to shift in ways that could mark progress for this nation. This is an important first step, but it is, admittedly, only the first.
Wow, the Economist really screwed this endorsement up for me. If anything, this election has confirmed that racism is still very prevalent in this society, not just with white skinheads, but with joe sixpacks and sarah hockeymoms who will use words like muslim, socialist, communist, marxist and terrorist sympathizer in place of n*gger. Even Bill formerpresident tokenized African-Americans while liberal campaign insiders darken photos in campaign ads to remind voters that he is still half-black. So when a black person can run for president during a time of economic prosperity and none of the above happens, then i will concede the point. Until then the Economist should just stfu.