The notion doesn't go over well in some quarters. Older whites tend to be defensive, Fox said. And her generation is so caught up in multiculturalism, the notion of claiming -- and moderating -- whiteness is foreign to them.
Her group's work "isn't naval-gazing," she said. "And it's not about backing yourself into a a corner of shame . . . It's about figuring out where we fit in this narrative.
"It's about newspaper headlines that say 'Barack Obama's Race Problem,' like it's something he's supposed to solve. It's not his problem. It's all of ours."
Dogged by race
It's easy to tie yourself in knots pondering the impact of race. And some of what I heard at the anti-racism rally made me wonder if getting beyond race is possible.
Is Obama a phony, as one speaker suggested. Were his basketball games on the campaign trail staged to make whites as comfortable with him as they are with Michael Jordan?
I wondered, does it have to be that complicated? Maybe Obama just likes playing basketball.
I think the concept of white privilege is real. Even Obama himself alluded to it, in my interview with him three years ago. "If you ask people of all races, 'Is it tougher being black than white?,' I think white people know the answer," he said, "whether you ask in Utah or in Chicago or in Los Angeles."
Still, I'm exhausted by the soul-searching and hand-wringing. I want to give it a rest for a bit.
So I was relieved when I heard Obama being bashed Monday by a talk radio host, wondering if the nation is ready for him. He's going to give away your money and take away your guns, the guy said.
Because he's a "left-wing liberal," not because he's black.