No More Excuses
I was watching election night coverage on CNN and Bill Bennett (on a panel) made an interesting claim. He pretty much conceded that Obama was going to win, and when asked what effect on race relations in the United States this would have, he said (roughly): “As a former Secretary of Education, I’d say that this means: no more excuses — anyone can achieve anything they want in this country.” Bennett’s claim was clear: racism can no longer, after the election, be used by anyone as a variable to explain the lack of achievements by minorities. From this point on, when minorities fail, it’s solely their own fault. Is Bennett right?