the importance of skin color

obama talks some sense on race. out of the whole article, though, this line jumped out at me: "In reality, colleges abandoned this concept long ago in favor of the "diversity" rationale under which Obama's kids would receive preferential treatment solely because of their skin color."

skin color is, unfortunately, still important in america. one of the RAs in my dorm freshman year was half-japanese, and spoke that language fluently, as did her younger sister. however, the other half happened to be black. her younger sister actually lost out on a job at a japanese restaurant because she didn't appear japanese, even though she was more than qualified for the position.