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We "know" that racism exists, and I'm a social scientist so perhaps know more of the empirical literature than others, and I know that some racists will not vote for a black candidate solely because that person is black but I have been stunned at the extent and depth of racism in people's feeling toward Obama...both the raw obvious racism and the hidden, not admitted "reluctance" about him in people who had no qualms about comparable white candidates.

Should Obama win, we just might be able to start really having that "conversation about race" that Bill Clinton tried to get the nation to begin years ago.

My own religion holds us to "respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person"; I wish more religions more actively did so.

PS see the latest poll, reported at

It's frightening with raw data to match the quote from Kirkpatrick's article.