A Difference of Unification
We’ve been having this conversation hereabouts, and Jonathan Zimmerman puts it well:
Beneath all of this talk, of course, lies the fallacy of race itself. Although America is a richly diverse place, we’re told, people in any given race are the same — or should be. That’s why you still hear whispers in the African-American community about whether Obama is “really” black.
He isn’t. And you’re not “really” white, or Hispanic, or Asian, or whatever it is you say you are. We’re all mongrels, each and every one of us. But the concept of race masks the diversity inside of each group, even as it exaggerates the differences outside of them.
Somewhere along the way (probably during the radical ’60s), balkanization by race became too useful for the American Left, keeping minorities in line in tandem with a package of social allowances that have undermined their collective advancement.