Note the way The Associated Press lumped us in with Mississippi:
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Barack Obama coasted to victory in Mississippi’s Democratic primary Tuesday, latest in a string of racially polarized presidential contests across the Deep South and a final tune-up before next month’s high-stakes race with Hillary Rodham Clinton in Pennsylvania.
Obama was winning roughly 90 percent of the black vote but only about one-quarter of the white vote, extending a pattern that carried him to victory in earlier primaries in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana.
His triumph seemed unlikely to shorten a Democratic marathon expected to last at least six more weeks — and possibly far longer — while Republicans and their nominee-in-waiting, Sen. John McCain, turn their attention to the fall campaign….
Now I don’t know what happened in Mississippi, because I wasn’t there. But I was in South Carolina, and there was nothing "racially polarized" about the vote here. I don’t care whether every single black person in the state voted for Obama and not one white person did. There was nothing about that campaign that put a wedge between the races, beyond some flap over comments made by Bill and Hillary — and as racially charged remarks go, those seemed a dud to me.
To the contrary, nothing Barack Obama said or did appealed to racial resentments or prejudices or perceptions. His campaign, and his victory — was remarkable for the very lack of such tensions. That’s what his supporters were celebrating on the night of his victory.
You want to see a racially polarized election? Look at the Memphis mayoral race I wrote about several months ago. Or for a non-electoral example, look at the way this whole Highway Patrol issue plays out, with race a consideration in every step of the conversation.
Lord knows there are plenty of problems in South Carolina relating to race. But the Democratic primary here in January was not an example of that.
Anyway, I was glad to see the AP drop that language in later versions of the story.