I would be quick to vote "hurt." However, after I thunk on it some, I am not so sure.
Granted, every time we see his face on the TV screen, at least subliminal, there is the racial element.
Also, I duly note atrocious acts of civil disobedience and the rebounding disapproval of such behaviors.
Perhaps this boldness is inspired by the fact that the most powerful man in America is recognized as an "African-American." That empowers some and that threatens some.
Then we have our Sharpton's. What a media whore. I won't even get in to that.
I'm not sure if Obama shoulder's any responsibility of racial divide except for the fact he is the man in charge. And that could be just about any body who sits in the oval office.
Also, ironically enough, did anyone other than myself notice that there were many, many, many white folks standing beside the black folks in the NYC protests? Black and white people joining hands in a cause that mostly pertains only to blacks? There might be some kind of positive message somewhere in that. I dunno.