Obama's ethnic divide-and-conquer strategy

The fact that the president doubled down on his celebration of “diversity” in his speech last night made it clear that he’s not abandoning this narrative in the twilight year of his administration, a race to the end that promises even more damage.

Is it any wonder that voters are angry and restive? The presidential campaign comes not a minute too soon, and not just because it heralds the end of the Obama experiment, but because it can bring a cleansing debate on an existential issue that, surprisingly, gets little attention.

In a new report, I argue that to embark on this debate, we need to understand how America did things in the past — how it assimilated multiple ethnicities into a single people who brimmed with an exuberance of patriotic spirit as they threw themselves into their shared destiny.

We must also understand what we are doing now by officially dividing the nation into five different groups — Whites, African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and Asians — and encouraging their permanence with benefits such as racial preferences.