Tonight, CNN begins a two-day series that "examines the successes, struggles, and complex issues faced by black men, women, and families — 40 years after the death of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr." I think this will be engaging. After all, Barack’s contention for the White House has thrust race center stage, and this might help a lot of people better understand (if they don’t already) the significance of what he’s so close to achieving. I mean, he’s touted as the "post-racial" candidate in a country that still finds it difficult to have a substantive discussion of race. Look, all post-racial means is that Barack doesn’t make whites feel guilty about race. Contrast that to a Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, both of whom, in a word, do.
There’s no doubt that being Black is complex and complicated, and I’m sure Barack, of all people, knows it. Maybe for a non-Black audience, this series will shed some light on those complexities, and we can begin an honest dialogue.
The series airs tonight and tomorrow at 9PM Eastern.