I think San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Ruben Navarrette, Jr. makes a valid point in his March 23, 2008, column when he argues that:
Sen. Barack Obama wrote and delivered a brilliant and brave speech that not only addressed the controversy involving his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, but also kicked off a national conversation - not just about race (been there, done that), but about how members of different generations view race differently. As Obama reminded us from Philadelphia, how you see the world isn't just influenced by the color of your skin but by the year of your birth.
Navarrette gives an example from his own life:
I learned that lesson several years ago when I was a guest on a public television talk show in Dallas with a couple of veterans of the Latino civil rights movement. I insisted that experience was overrated, since many of the experiences that older Latinos went through had left them angry and bitter. One of my fellow panelists, José Angel Gutiérrez - who started the La Raza Unida Party in Texas in 1970, when I was still pedaling around on my tricycle - decided he'd had enough."
"It's too bad the Texas Rangers aren't around," he told me, "because what you need is a good . . . whuppin'."
"Gutiérrez and I became friends, but we still don't see the world the same way.
Navarrette makes a lot of sense to me. But judge for yourself. See "Age matters when we look at race."