From USA Today about the recent comments from Sen. Reid (D-Nev):
The United States now confronts a modern edition of Jim Crow. If you are born white, you may aspire to achieve greatness as a liberal, conservative, moderate, independent or otherwise. There are no intellectual no-go zones. But if you are born black, your ambitions will be crushed unless you ape black power brokers.
There was a time when diverse thinking in the black community was not feared like a demon. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois intellectually dueled over the most promising means to black equality under the law.