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The popularity of Obama needs explanation, but to do so requires looking again at the race question. Obama is the Great Black Hope of our white race. He lacks the negative traits some whites associate, rightly or wrongly, with blacks. He will even get the support of whites who are prejudiced against blacks because he provides a way of transcending the problem of race in America. The black underclass will remain, along with the white underclass, but Obama will change our problem from one of race to one of class. Class is either easier to deal with, or it is easier to live with. "The poor you have always with you."

Obama will by his election change the face of America.