An aspect that stuck with me while reading this article was the subtlety of racism that Tim Cobb experiences in his life as a business entrepreneur. Though almost all the people that Cobb encounters in this lifestyle are not "racist" and for the most part they seem to work closely with him and accept him despite race, there is an underlying theme that I noticed that continues to separate Cobb from his lighter skinned colleagues. Every time Cobb achieves something good he is praised but still reminded over and over again that he is black. The majority of the time people will make comments that also include an aside about race along with their praise such as, "you've transcended race." Even Cobb's close friend and business partner is guilty of this subtle way of looking at Cobb differently because of color. When discussing golf he says, "Most African-Americans I know are in some way intimidated or uncomfortable with the white man's world."
To me, this represents an underlying racial stigma that often operates without people noticing it. Though whites may not be actively biased towards color in ways such as business or friendships, and even seek to aid blacks as is the case with Levy, the attitude of their being a difference at all still persists. That in itself is still feeding the idea of racial separation, no matter how subtle it may be. The idea of many companies wanting a competent, strong black man sitting on their board, as discussed in this article, is still an act of going out of their way to separate the idea of "black" from "white," no matter how good their intentions may be. Because of this there are certain ideals that black men, like Cobb, feel they have to overcome or live up to.
Oftentimes, no matter how open-minded people may be I think they all have an idea of this racial separation, not necessarily in a bad way, but in a way that is essentially saying "you are different than me." So is it possible to operate without a sense of racial separation at all? Or is this idea of defining differences between each other something that we, as humans, may never really be rid of?