Moreover, you know the progressive line that "nobody is free as long as one person is oppressed"? (You know, the maxim they bring up whenever a right-wing junta takes over a Latin American country, but conveniently forget when someone like their buddy Saddam rules a country like Nero.) Well, the modern civil rights establishment says that America is a failure as long as one person is a bigot. The hell with that. Bigotry is part of the human condition. And skin color has no more to do with it than any number of other reasons, viz Northern Ireland. Holding out for perfection is simply a way of lying to yourself that you're being fair while secretly rooting for failure.
Finally, what Robinson writes is simply the polished-up version of what the real black hatemongers say, and which Robinson clearly agrees with: Rice (and Colin Powell, for that matter) is in his world "inauthentic" because her parents tried to protect her from the worst of Jim Crow; she has committed the unforgivable sin of serving in (gasp) a Republican administration; that she is a "race traitor" who still sees the white man as "the massa."
Folks, you want to see what is wrong with race relations in our society? Gene Robinson is all you need to look at. When you make it your business to tear down, smear, and spew filth at successful blacks, you make your own bed. Take a wild f*cking guess who taught young black males to see crime and bastardy and misogyny as "authentic" and education and advancement as "acting white." Black men like Gene Robinson.
He can go to hell.