Del Financial Times:
The US is a country still divided by race. Just how potent a force white bigotry remains is something we may find out on Tuesday – though whatever the outcome, there will be room for disagreement about the causes. I am struck by how fearful many Obama supporters are that latent racism will deny their man the prize. Nonetheless, one great barrier to the social and economic advance of black Americans is self-imposed. Few things are more debilitating than an excuse for failure. Urban black culture, which guides the ambitions of black youngsters, is astonishingly self-destructive. It goes beyond merely accepting failure and taking it for granted; it actually celebrates it.