6 November 2008 |
Los Angeles Times
Re "It's Obama", November 5
The welcome addition of a person of color to our long list of white, male presidents adds variety, but not the diversity that many are claiming. If Obama wears a dashiki to his inauguration, then I'll (gladly) eat my words, but then many of his supporters would feel betrayed.
Obama's rise to prominence has been one of assimilation. Gay marriage, indeed the whole "melting pot" character of American culture, is evidence of the same sort of thing. Ethnic traditions are lost. True individuals are still out in the cold.
What we have is a coat of many colors, an improvement over our monochromatic past. I'm still holding out for a complete wardrobe, garments of all types, colors and fabrics, hanging together.