Frightening statistic: 90 per cent of Mitt Romney's supporters are white.
The stark difference between the mix, or non-mix, of Republican and Democrat supporters goes a long way to explaining the rise in the level of simmering anger and resentment between the two sides in American politics. It also shows the regression in first world countries - for different reasons, depending on the political and cultural context -the widening gap in the lives and beliefs of the ruling elites and the rest.
I say "explaining", not "understanding". It's difficult to understand why, America of all countries - that massive melting pot, with hundreds of years of assimilating those from other lands, and of other colours - is so at odds with it's own foundations, descending into old fashioned race, class and economic war, to no one's benefit.
I've thought these last four or five years that American politics (unlike our own grey version), was a black and white business; turns out that was more true than I knew.
Not afraid to talk about race