Mickey Kaus nails it:
The biggest problem with race preferences is that they taint the achievements, not just of those who benefit from them, but of everyone in the beneficiary group–even those who would have gotten into the college or gotten the job, etc., without the preference. That is an unfairness Obama may acutely feel. Race preferences are a big reason blacks feel they have to be twice as good as everyone else to measure up in society’s eyes–which is a powerful argument for ending the preferences. [emphasis mine]
Exactly. Will we, can we, get to the place where we do not judge people by the color of their skin, or their parents, or whether they went to this school or that school–but by their character?