Throughout all this Lott mess something's been bothering me. I would say, roughly, that the difference between Left and Right on racial issues in this country isn't as some seem to think a policy difference but rather a difference in perception . Those on the Left generally think that racism is still a problem which adversely effects racial minorities enough that we should formulate a policy response to the problem, while those on the Right don''t. There are enough people on both sides who agree that there is a problem but debate about what should be done about it, but I do think the predominant difference is the perception issue.
However, soon after the Lott thing broke we heard plenty of Republicans screaming "look at all the Democrats who are racists too!"
Fine, fair enough. But if there are all those racists in the top levels of government, don't we have a problem?