Sen. Obama can defuse the racial tensions that are simmering in the campaign by reminding voters of the multiracial nature of his blood, his background and his message.
He is a black man, a son of Africa, but also a son of the white American heartland.
He is capable of bridging the divide because he is rooted in two cultures. He reaches beyond race.
He speaks to younger generations who are increasingly multiracial themselves, citizens of an increasingly multicultural nation. For them, racial fear and division is hardly an issue. He embodies what has come before him and what we can become.
He is the salt of the new American earth.
He is a born leader, and he is one of us. This is his time, and it is our time.