I have to say, this article made me feel proud to be a "New American" (a term I'm coining for people who voted for Obama, for people who "get it."). There are undoubtedly remaining racial tensions in America -- few would argue that ponit. But if America has, indeed, as this article suggests, reached the tipping point where race is being handled more deftly here than it is in Europe... well that's big news. Maybe in this generation we won't lose so many James Baldwins. Hell, maybe we'll pick up a few exiled minorities from Spain and France who recognize progress when they see it. That'd be nice.