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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Race riots in Italy

Some immigrants told the Italian news media that Calabrians had shot at them and beaten them with sticks in the riots, and a front-page editorial in La Repubblica on Sunday compared the situation to Ku Klux Klan violence in the United States in the 1960s. But other news reports said that many immigrants had fled their encampments in haste before the police began clearing them with bulldozers.
All of which points up a simple fact: America is decades ahead on matters of race. Europeans continually make a point of condemning (and feeling superior to) the United States' racial attitudes. But their lack of self-awareness on the subject is nothing short of appalling.

We can't expect to see a Barack Obama emerge out of any European state. Not now, not next decade, and quite possibly not even this century. In their heart of hearts, Europeans know this. And I'll bet you that's one of the reason our President got a Nobel Prize: he accomplished a feat that they may never replicate.

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