May 9th, 2008


Coming to America

Several commentators have noticed the strangely out of touch character of both Senator and Mrs. Obama. They seem not to know what to do or say to connect with large swathes of America.

I have lived in both Indianapolis and Terre Haute and done extensive Scouting there. While living in those places, I noticed that inner city kids are often very out of place in the woods. This is not a thing to wonder at, I suppose. It's just not been part of their experience. Urban blacks, however -- both adults and kids -- seemed more uncomfortable with the whole camping thing than whites did.

It's a legacy of the African-American experience in the Midwest. Collapse )