When Barack Obama was elected to the presidency in 2008 many Americans hoped he would usher in a new era of race relations in this country. Specifically that Martin Luther King’s famed quote that we should all strive to judge men by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin would finally ring true.
But the politics of 2012 have shown that the country is no more free of racial politics than it was before Obama was elected. From claims that black people should vote for Obama because he is black to the controversial Trayvon Martin case to the so-called discriminatory Voter ID laws to racial attacks on conservative African Americans, this election year has shown that many Americans are still willing to play the race card in American politics.
For young Americans, this issue came…
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