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The new racism?

I just read the New York Times article “Blacks Debate Civil Rights Risk in Obama’s Rise;”  perhaps its time to stop managing public policy just on race, but instead start focusing on how to help poor people have better lives, regardless of whether they are in Appalachia or inner city Detroit.

Perhaps Barack Obama’s nomination should signal a slow winding down of racially-motivated aid programs and the rise of programs to help all poor people in this country.

I hope however that we’ll still remember the civil rights struggle and not loose the ground we’ve so painfully gained.

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