Friday, August 01, 2008

A True "Post Racial" Society

There's been a lot of whining back and forth in the press in the last week about race. This popped up after the McCain camp produced a video comparing candidate Obama to Paris Hilton or Britney Spears - all celebrity, no accomplishments. Obama responded with something about himself "he doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills?" I tend to agree with the critique that Obama is playing race where it's not an issue.

Anyway... tonight we were in downtown Augusta for First Friday. Big turnout. Lots of young people. Mostly locals, but a few from the Army base at Fort Gordon. And I noticed something... several groups of young men that were racially mixed. White, Black, Hispanic (didn't see any Asians), hanging out downtown, having fun. I noticed something else. Almost every one of these "mixed" groups were made up of military guys. My wife and I discussed it. The military meritocracy really is leading society in this area. Doesn't matter who your Dad was, how much money your family has, (to a degree) where you went to school. What matters is performance and character. No whining. That's post-racial.

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