Racism on the wane?

The Christian Science Monitor suggests that Barack Obama’s viability as a presidential candidates indicates that racism may be on the wane in the United States.

This Associated Press story suggests otherwise, contending that racial prejudice could cost Obama the election:

Deep-seated racial misgivings could cost Barack Obama the White House if the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll that found one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks — many calling them “lazy,” “violent,” responsible for their own troubles.

Then there is this item from the superb polling blog fivethirtyeight.com

which suggests the existence of racists for Obama.

And finally, here is the take of a Jesse Jackson impersonator on the “Bradley Effect” via Saturday Night Live’s new Thursday show.

What do you think this election has shown us about the issue of race in American politics?

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