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Obama, race, and white emancipation

By Jonathan Power  

Just how “emancipated” are we white westerners? What is the acid test? Electing a black man as president of the US, or smiling weakly at the black doctor who we have just been told is going to perform a complex surgical manoeuvre on our heart?

I suspect many of us may be ready for the first, but not so sure about the second. It doesn’t seem that long ago that, on an aeroplane to India, I walked up to the cockpit to see if it really was brown men flying that great big 747. These days I fly all over…

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