Today I flew to Serbia.
One of the delights of the day was a free International Herald Tribune (a much shortened NYT).
In the editorial section was a short piece entitled, The Seat Not Taken. About an American black intellectual who rides the train daily from NYC to Rhode Island, and how the seat next to him is always left open, which can only probably be distilled down to his race.
I found it timely, in that I'd just noticed the same thing on the train here in Germany, watching my fellow travelers. It's not just an American affliction.
I really wonder when (if ever) race will stop being such an issue?