...President-elect Obama sees his administration continuing the Clinton years, which may include Clinton's call for a national conversation on race. We need more than another conversation; we need a "teach-in."...Utopianism! It's never worked in the past and will never work in the future.
Rather than unite the nation by putting our racial past and present aside, we can unite around a common commitment to end racial inequality.... Imagine a plan to rebuild and revitalize our inner cities that is based not on gentrification and displacement, but on people of all backgrounds living together, expanding our civic culture in communities that care for one another....
The article also mentions relocat[ing] firms that fled to industrial suburbs back to cities.
Pardon me, but many of those firms that "fled" had reasons for doing so - reasons having nothing to do with race. For example, a coin shop in Washington, D.C., left the inner city because (1) the tax rates were prohibitive and (2) the shop was robbed a gunpoint three times, the last time locking inside the walk-in safe a sales clerk who had terminal cancer and was undergoing hellacious chemotherapy. Take my word for it: none of those who worked at the coin shop was a racist.
Yet in these post-election days prior to the coronation of King Obama, all I hear on my local news is statements such as "Now is the time to end all racism in America."
I think I'm going to stop watching my local news. The blah-blah-blah is unbearable.