I recommend reading: "Boy, Oh, Boy" by Maureen Dowd - NYTimes

I would like to personally thank Maureen Dowd and my other friends that I have know personally be it at work or social and family gatherings for having eyes that see and an understanding that focuses beyond the race factor. I would therefore recommend that people read this article by MAUREEN DOWD of the New York Times, that was published on September 12, 2009.

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QUOTING from the article:
I’ve been loath to admit that the shrieking lunacy of the summer — the frantic efforts to paint our first black president as the Other, a foreigner, socialist, fascist, Marxist, racist, Commie, Nazi; a cad who would snuff old people; a snake who would indoctrinate kids — had much to do with race.