Russian people pride themselves on their worldliness and tolerance. They are eager to point out their priority in having appointed as the head of their government a dark-skinned specimen from an oppressed colony. Such worthy sentiments underlie their recent ice cream advertising campaign:
Most memorably, Vladimir Ufliand anticipated progressive developments in American racial politics fifty years prior to Barack Obama’s election to our highest political office:
|МЕНЯЕТСЯ ЛИ АМЕРИКА?
Меняется страна Америка.
|IS AMERICA CHANGING?
(as asked by a radio listener)
As Russian people ought to see
Dame Liberty will darken trait,
As Negroes prosper and prevail,
―traduced by MZ, 28 June 2009