I agree with you, shewolfnm. Skin color should be irrelevant. But to millions, it is not. Millions are self-haters who subscribe to the "victimology" mantra.
I could be president of the USA if I wasn't black. Now, President Obama has thrown that idiocy into the wastbasket.
But,it is much more difficult for blacks to succeed because of the endemic racism in society, despite Obama's success.
Tell that to the Irish in nineteenth century New York or the Jews in the inner cities of the USA during the first half of the last century, or to the many immigrants who came here since 1850.
Now, a smart, hard working, well educated person can become president.
Obama proved that.
However, there are still biases in our society. Among the most vicious are those biases by African-Americans against their fellow African-Americans like Dr. Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele and Bill Cosby who do not believe in the victimology and welfare mentality.
It is no longer a question of color--It is a question of ideology and class.
Lower class blacks, with enormous voting numbers, will always lean towards the welfare state.