How we talk about race has changed considerably over the years, but as the following sample of stories illustrates, our conversations about race are generally bad and still involve reactionary politicians (I'm talking about you Steve King).
Dylan Matthews says race affects American's support of welfare programs. That's been painfully obvious since the 1930s. Conservatives deny this charge, but as a commenter rightly says, "they're just putting their heads in the sand." Read Ira Katznelson's When Affirmative Action Was White to get a full picture.
Devona Walker picks up on a Republican's ridiculous raghead comments in South Carolina.
An unintended consequence of high black male incarceration rates is the high number of unwed, black females.
In the partisan sense, Obama may have made life more difficult for black candidates by activating white voters motivated by racial animus.