Originally Posted by jcat
When you have songs like "Barack the Magic Negro" being played on a popular radio talk show, the Secret Service arresting a Southern California man
for posting a threatening racist comment on a Yahoo board, a Wisconsin man
arrested in Mississippi for threatening to assassinate Obama, and Tennessee skinheads
threatening to assassinate him and shoot or decapitate 88 black people, it seems premature to say the country has been healed of racial intolerance.
I believe Neetanddave used the word "supposedly" when referring to healing of racial intolerance.
Of the examples of racial intolerance you listed, the one which doesn't belong is the song "Barack the Magic Negro". I know there has been a thread about this, but obviously some are still having, understandably, a knee-jerk reaction to it, given the title. The song originated from an article of the same title written by a liberal African-American for the LA Times. Remember that this is simply a parody which points out and holds up for criticism an example of bias *between African-Americans* as to who is an "authentic" African-American. It has nothing to do with white against African-American. BTW, there is a respected organization called the United Negro College Fund, so I have to surmise that the word "Negro" is not considered an insult.
This is a big country, filled with people from a huge variety of backgrounds and cultures. There will probably always be some form of racism, or bigotry, not just toward African-Americans, but Asians, Hispanics, Jews, Muslims, etc.
It's unfortunately part of the human condition, and will likely never be totally eradicated. Judging from today's events, though, it's a smaller percentage of the population than ever before. And for that we can be grateful.