Race Matters

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"After trouncing chief rival Hillary Clinton in the South Carolina Democratic primary, winner Barack Obama said the following: "The choice in this election is not between regions or religions or genders. It's not about rich versus poor, young versus old, and it is not about black versus white."

"Race doesn't matter!" one supporter yelled out after Obama's victory speech.

But race does matter. So does region, religion, gender, and age. Who we are in this world has as much to do with things beyond our control as any deliberate choices we might make."

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