I wanted to test the waters a bit and see what others thought.
As most of us remember from MLK's speech, his "dream" that he has is about how he wishes how his children can be judged not by their skin color (as was the practice of the day), but by the content of their character.
I was wondering...with the way that the media has groomed us to speak about Barack Obama's presidential run ("the first black president..."), is this really a step backwards? Would MLK be rolling over in his grave every time he heard the term "Barack Obama....first black nominee/candidate/President". How ironic Obama chose the anniversary of MLK's speech to accept the nomination in the football stadium.
Why? It all seems like a rush to judgement to judge Obama based solely on his race (and to be technical, he is mixed-race...), rather than talk a little bit about his politics first, like Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, John McCain, Dr. Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Fred Thompson, and Rudy Giuliani. (isn't Ralph Nader hopelessly running again too?) This is a double standard. Didn't we try for years to break down these double standards to include everyone?
It's not fair and rather insulting that the media holds Obama's race above his political views (wouldn't that be influenced by someone's character?). Did we reject Hillary because she was a woman? No...it's because she was a Clinton.