Hmm. Have you expressed this prevailing racism you perceive to President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and the many other black people in government in this country who have been elected by all the racists in this country? You appear to think that your perception is reality. Facts are frightening when they conflict with a cherished theory, aren't they? Well, you can always ignore them.
Seems to me we're talking apples and oranges here: TWO exceptionally bright high-ranking officials in a nation of millions of "average joes" -- the situation for the average guy/gal on the streets is a very different one. You as a non-American may not realize this disparity. Even in the presidential campaign, Obama had to fight racism and had to concede about 30% of the white vote, according to analysts, simply due to the issue of race. This was countered by a near consensus black vote which combined with the votes of liberals and the anti-Bush backlash against Republicans contributing to his victory. No small effect must be attributed to the Sarah Palin fiasco. A stupid and inexperienced politician, she was loosed to inuendo that Obama was a black supremecist, an Arab terrorist, a Socialist (and Communist), and that he intended harm to the nation. This campaign strategy, thank god, was a failure in winning votes although it contributed to increased divisiveness and animosity between the right and the left.
Recently, in Nashville, there was a Tea Party rally. If you don't know, these are people who radically oppose the Health Care amendment--and most other things Obama is trying to achieve. They're like Republican Storm Troopers, saying and doing things the Republicans support but dare not undertake. After the rally, an old man driving an SUV intentionally rammed a vehicle with a six year old passenger who was terrified. He rammed the vehicle again and again until he ran them off the road. Why? Because the vehicle had an Obama for president bumper sticker on it.
Do not doubt it. Racism is rampant in the white, fundamentalist, Republican community, but the political environment does not permit its open expression. The result is a highly partisan tinderbox of political contention and obstructionism. And the black and white communities in most of our cities and counties, though improved from the days of Jim Crow, remain still in hostile regards to each other.
Try to get a job with your local or state government, and examine the hiring qualifications: in this state there are definitely "quotas" --the most qualified applicant does NOT necessarily get the job. 49/50 U.S. states are "hire at will" or "fire at will" -- any employee can be fired without just cause -- UNLESS the employee claims discrimination based on race or gender -- "creed", while also included in the constitutional law, is generally a legal "non-starter" (per my understanding).
And back to my original post, why did my children have to score 6 points higher on a standardized scholarship test compared with other children who had even, if not greater, advantages? How was that fair? BTW: my kids did make the necessary score, but what about all the others who didn't? Did their parents, unable to afford college without financial aid, not have cause for resentment? Is college only for poor blacks and rich whites?