What's Wrong With a Little Liberal Guilt?

It's okay to vote for Obama because he's, ahem, black
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2008 8:13 PM CDT
Supporters reach to shake hands with Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., after a campaign rally in Sunrise, Fla. Friday, May 23, 2008. (AP Photo by J. Pat Carter)   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Conservatives snigger about “liberal guilt" and deride white supporters of Barack Obama as “guilty liberals"—but what’s wrong with having a conscience after America's 4 centuries of racial injustice? There’s no shame in acknowledging it, Ron Rosenbaum writes in Slate: Let's not "delegitimize sincere excitement” that an Obama win would “represent a civil rights landmark."

“Guilt is good, people!” he writes. “The only people who don’t suffer guilt are sociopaths and serial killers.” But conservatives don't suffer it either, at least when it comes to racism in America. “Shouldn't conservatives feel guilty about slavery, or must they disdain such feelings, however moral, because they are associated with liberals?”