The Wall Street Journal wonders whether the election of Barack Obama should mean the end of affirmative action. Andrew Greeley says that racism is so pervasive that his victory is unlikely. He suggests that all of the many reasons that someone might not support Obama may just mask racism. I was struck by this passage:
How many of the male readers of this column who are habitues of bars, locker rooms, commuter train bull sessions, pool rooms and men's clubs have not heard the indigenous racial slurs of such environments applied to Obama?
I can't say that I have been in a lot of pool rooms and, while I have been a member of private clubs, they were not "men's clubs." (Do these even exist anymore?.)But I do regularly hang out with some fairly conservative folks in environments where one eats red meat (but not too often, Karen) and drinks scotch. I have certainly been in bars and locker rooms and have had bull sessions. If racial slurs are "indigenous" to these environments, I have failed to hear them.
But Father Greeley is an old man. Let him indulge his smug little bigotries.