No, I'm not talking about whites who hang on to bigoted beliefs that the many others dropped five, ten, twenty-five years ago or more.
I'm talking about the persistent belief of some - white and black - who hold that race is paramount over every other issue of the day. These same people seem to subscribe to the belief that white racism is horrific - but its sister, reverse racism, is not only OK, but is to be expected.
Let me explain.
Where to begin? Robinson clearly plots out that if Obama doesn't win the upcoming presidency, that it can only be attributed to white racism. He muses about the polls showing that Obama doesn't have all black votes locked up. Can you just imagine if people were concerned that a white candidate didn't have all the white votes secured? Wouldn't it be racist to assume that all blacks will vote for Obama, merely because of the color of his skin?
Surely Robinson appreciates that there are people of every hue who are conservative, or libertarian - or even Democrats of a more conservative variety, like Joe Lieberman. If some of these people, irrespective of their race, don't vote for Obama, ought they immediately be tarred as racists?
People - talented, hard-working, very smart, very capable people - attempt to get the nomination for president, and after getting it, sometimes fail to win the election. Many, many factors go into why they do not get elected.
I would be the last to deny that there are still some out there who would not - under any circumstances - vote for Obama because he is a black man. Nevertheless, if Obama is not elected our next president, no one can possibly conclude that primarily racism was the underlying reason.
This column is filled with racism - and my guess is that many would agree with Robinson and be incapable of appreciating it.