The thought occurs to me that America deserves a big fat congratulations for electing Obama. Love him or hate him it makes no difference because the fact that he was electable and elected is now a fact on the ground. Blacks who have long argued that we have gotten no where since the days of Dred Scott, Plessy v Ferguson, Emmett Till, Brown V Board of Education, the 1960's, Rodney King, etc- they can no longer argue that "We" have gotten no where. "They" can barely argue that there is so much further to go. There might still be a little distance to cover but maybe measuring that distance by looking back would serve America better than talking about long roads in front of us.