The stunning victory of Barack Obama in last Tuesday’s election is a cause of great joy not only for Americans but for people all over the world.

After nearly a century and a half of unresolved racial conflict — conflict that brought untold suffering to nonwhite Americans — the 1861-65 U.S. Civil War is finally over. The message is clear: There is no place for institutionalized or personal bias on the basis of race or color in the 21st century.

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