Commentary: Hold on, we're not post-racial yet

One day, America will truly free itself of the chains of its racist past. But this country is a long way from the “post-racial era” that some proclaimed after the election of Barack Obama as the first African American U.S. president.

Even Obama acknowledged that in his speech last month in New York to the NAACP. Speakers at the National Urban League conference last week in Chicago agreed.

The issue of race also made national headlines in July when Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. returned to his Cambridge, Mass., home from China. Police responding to a break-in call treated the African-American studies scholar as a suspect, arresting him at his home. It shouldn’t have happened, but race and the negatives blacks live with overrule reason.

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