Why blame the state of race relations on Obama?
A long time ago, way before Obama ever thought of being in politics, I visited a baby store with friend of mine from Trinidad. She selected her purchases and went to pay for it.
She paid cash and a Trinidadian coin made its way into the cashier's palm, my friend apologized and changed the coin to a US coin explaining that she was just visiting.
While she was waiting for the process to complete the cashier launched into tirade, at her, saying that it has happened to her before and it's always Canadians who tried to pass Canadian coins. She also went on to say to my friend that she's always on the look out for "you Canadians" when you try to pay with your low currency.
My friend didn't have any Canadian currency on her.
My point is, the stupidity of racism did not leave Americans. This example of the dumb cashier who was so blinded by racism that she insulted a paying customer who was also a visitor to the US for the first time, was excited at finding cute outfits for her baby daughter and once thought that Americans had class is just a minor incident but it speaks volumes to those listens.
The cashier was white and my friend is brown. Please note that I'm not saying that all Americans are racist.