What it boils down to is that there’s something about being “black” to forget—such as um, being articulate, or educated, or perhaps in his mind, standing up there and doing the whole SOTU thing in the wake of a whole lot of white guys and guess what? He’s not all that different from any of them
But one of the things I think is most interesting– and potentially useful, educationally/politically speaking– is Matthews’ tacit admission that Obama’s blackness is in the forefront of his mind the rest of the time. It’s refreshing to have someone not insisting that they don’t see race. The fact is we all do see it, and it affects us– if not consciously, then unconsciously. And the sooner we all acknowledge that the better.