I don't know that I can really give Barack Obama's speech on race its due.
This analysis covers the key points, and the Times editorial says most of what I would have said.
Except this: Despite a lifetime that includes close personal, work and community relationships with many whose skin is far darker than mine (not difficult, given that I'm exceptionally pale), I often sense the troubling shadow of prejudice in myself. I don't like it, I'm embarrassed to admit it, and I don't know how to change it.
Language was invented so we could give voice to our thoughts, but there are many we prefer not to talk about. I hope Obama's admirably resonant words will help more people explore the issues of fear and otherness that run deep.