"A historic first, a newly minted coin, would be an election in which a candidate’s skin colour is as unremarkable as his or her hair colour. When a candidate’s skin colour passes unnoticed, that will be a historic first for America.
Not for all countries or all periods, by the way. Some had shortcomings galore, but racism wasn’t among them. The Umayyad Caliphate ruled a fair chunk of the world without racism. The Doge’s Venice was perfectly content to entrust its fleet and Desdemona to the “blackamoor” Othello. " in George Jonas: Obama victory no historic first, The National Post : November 08, 2008.
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