From The Black Commentator, here are reflections on black group will and identity in the 21st century: An evaluation of the Pew Survey of African Americans. Kwanzaa's lights go dim: The African American holiday is contrived and inauthentic — but it still needs our support. A review of The New Negro: Readings on Race, Representation, and African American Culture, 1892-1938. Obama can end the racial barter: Christopher Caldwell on what it means to be black or white in America. George Will reviews Shelby Steele's A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win. The Obama Effect: Have the dreams of the civil rights movement been realized or deferred? Modern discrimination: Why racism is still alive, and how conservatives can deal with it. White liberals have white privilege too: Ten misunderstandings white liberals have about race. Does Denzel always have to represent? The actor doesn't always play the do-right "race man" and that's a good thing. No racial quotas here: Critics made an issue out of race in rock music this year — they shouldn’t have.

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