I just finished watching a CNN segment in which more than one pundit, and the host, called racism the background noise in the 912 protest and the elephant in the room.
I won't deny that there are racists who dislike Obama, but to claim that the gathering of over a million people (I'm going by reported numbers) is motivated by racism is desperation on the part of Democrat partisans.
I don't believe it will be too long before many African-Americans come around to the understanding that the government is doing them no favors. What many people need, including minorities, especially minorities, is jobs and a vibrant economy, not more social programs. Government over-reach and spending is holding the economy back, and minorities will figure this out before too long and realize that capitalism is the route to escape from poverty, or the advancement to prosperity -- small businesses being a major route to prosperity.
Just by our government ending corporate welfare, this would help minority entrepreneurs who have good ideas for small, innovative companies. Plus, the more stable the economy the more venture capital will be available for these minority entrepreneurs to launch their businesses. Minorities will never get ahead depending on government to resolve the problem of economic malaise and corporate favoritism -- so, they will need to join the effort to fight progressive policies which use minority problems to further progressive power grabs. Minorities should be fighting for voucher programs and school choice, and they should be fighting for the end of progressive policies which are killing the market and killing jobs.