D'anconia, google the Flynn effect.
Mike is right about "white guilt". Not all white liberals have it, but a large number of them do. That's one reason the effects of Affirmative Action tend to be referred to as "reverse discrimination". That term is crap because discrimination in reverse is...get ready for it...discrimination.
White guilt is responsible for the majority of the political correctness bull**** that, thankfully, has gotten way less ridiculous than it was a few years ago. It's why white newscasters decide to ham up Spanish pronunciations. There are plenty of other examples, but it's become so far ingrained into our society that we don't really notice it.
Things should just be equal across the board but they're not and won't ever be until everyone stops making a big production of being equal.
Oh, and if you want to know an interesting fact, Obama wasn't technically the first non-white President.
From a Constitutional Law Professor named Ken Katkin:
No, the oath is *not* legally meaningless, even if it is a ritual. Art. II Sec 1. Cl. 8 of the US Const. clearly states that “Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following oath. . . ” Therefore, from 12:00 noon until about 12:01 pm today, the President of the USA was Condoleeza Rice. From 12:01 until about 12:03 pm the President of the USA was Joe Biden. Interestingly, this means that, technically, Obama was *not* the first African-American President! (And yes, I actually am a constitutional law professor!).
Not really sure why a thread about generational differences suddenly becomes yet another racially charged one... It amazes me (well, not really) that people who say "race isn't (or shouldn't be) an issue" are the ones that scream out against the tyranny of political correctness. Without affirmative action graduate programs would have almost zero minorities. Some of you will say "Well, that just proves they don't belong there." and I'd say "No, it just proves that they need extra support." Read "Outliers: The Story of Success" for an interesting perspective on affirmative action.
This thread is somehow turning into a mirror of the homeless thread. People with zero compassion. History matters people. I guess my saying so makes me a bleeding-heart liberal. If so, so be it.
As far as Davey's statement; "That's one thing that I never understood, why is it that black guys who have one black parent and one white parents always consider themselves black?" - Obama has referred to himself numerous times as a "mutt" or mixed. If he called himself "white", black people would hate him and white people would just shake their heads, chuckle and think to themselves "That silly negro thinks he white!". It's pretty clear he's comfortable with who he is and I doubt he loses any sleep over his racial identity.