Victor Davis Hanson: The New Racial Mess

Roundup: Historians' Take

[Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author, most recently, of The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern.]

Weren’t we supposed to enter a new age of tolerance with the election of Pres. Barack Obama?

His half-black, half-white ancestry and broad support across racial lines suggested that at last Americans judged each other on the content of our characters — not the color of our skin or our tribal affiliations.

Instead, in just 18 months of the Obama administration, racial discord is growing and relations seem to have been set back a generation....

The more the president appeals to his base in racial terms, the more his appointees identify themselves as members of a particular tribe, and the more political issues are framed by racial divisions, so all the more such racial obsession creates a backlash among the racially diverse American people.

America has largely moved beyond race. Tragically, our president and a host of his supportive special interests have not.

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Stephen Kislock - 7/23/2010

I hear this from many white people, if they[African Americans] don't like it here go back!

The trip to the good old US of A, was not booked on line. They were brought here in Line to be sold as Slaves.

I think more White American, should experience Slavery first hand, want to have an auction?

Paul Siff - 7/23/2010

More foolish hyperbole from Hanson, who should stick to his field of expertise, ancient Greece. It's a pity to see a respected academic turn into a tiresome, predictable political hack. He hasn't yet reached the depths of Thomas Sowell, but he's getting there. One curious thing in the aftermath of theis Sherrod incident: the NAACP has apologized; the Obama administration has apologized, but so far not one word of contrition from the right-wing media blabbermouths (Breitbart, O'Reilly, Hannity) who also rushed to judgment, practicing the worst form of sloppy journalism (not checking a source in its entirety). As contemporary parlance puts it, they should man up, strap on a pair, and have the guts to apologize. But don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen.

Stephen Kislock - 7/23/2010

Mr. Beatty,
If In someones opinion, you are a Sexual Deviate. They put together a video of you doing a criminal act with an Sheep. What ever happens to you for this criminal act, is Justified?

Cary Fraser - 7/23/2010

"Why the escalation of racial tension in the supposedly post-racial age of Obama?"

Can a society founded on the principle that race was a determinant of citizenship and entitlement to power ever become post-racial?

John D. Beatty - 7/23/2010

Two charges in America that cannot be refuted:

1) sex offender

2) racist, UNLESS you're a black woman, then you go on the talk show circuit.

Stephen Kislock - 7/23/2010

Look No further than the Republican Party of "NO". Believe it or Not some Races, were Keep out of Power.

So If President Obama, appoints a Black or Hispanic to a Position, He is to Be Commended as a Racist by you Mr. Hanson?