It's a Great Time to Be Racist

Let's face it: There's only one explanation for some of the attacks on President Obama.

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The racial climate is suffocating and getting worse. Every other week, another politician or pundit is apologizing for making what he or she keeps calling inappropriate comments about President Obama. But what these people call inappropriate, insulting or partisan, I call racist -- a term that describes abusive or aggressive behavior toward a member of another race based on the belief that some races have an intrinsic superiority over others. If this is not what we're witnessing, then I don't know what it is.

Yes, it's a great time to be a racist, and a horrible time to be the nation's first black president.

Nsenga Burton is The Root's editor-at-large.

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