I've heard many conservatives say they think Obama's gone out of his way to stoke the racial divide. And polls suggest a majority of Americans believe race relations have worsened under his watch.
But by many measures they've improved over the last eight years. To take one example, participation in and acceptance of interracial relationships has risen steadily over the last couple of decades, and since Obama became president.
On Tuesday night, Obama's message was one of racial inclusiveness. "All of us have work to do" to improve race relations, he said. He talked about the importance of anti-discrimination laws but said that laws can do only so much. For real change to occur, he said, "hearts must change."
Then he said, "If our democracy is to work in this increasingly diverse nation, each one of us must try to heed the advice of one of the great characters in American fiction, Atticus Finch, who said 'You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.Read more at WashingtonExaminer