“More than five years after Barack Obama won the Iowa caucuses and
demolished the notion that white voters wouldn’t support a black
presidential candidate, progress for other African-American politicians
remains elusive. Even as the country elected and reelected Obama, making
it seem increasingly unremarkable to have a black family in the White
House, African-Americans are scarce and bordering on extinct in the U.S.
Senate and governorships. The president is indeed exceptional — but in
the wrong sense of the phrase as it applies to other black politicians.”