That's the simple answer. America is seldom "ready" for necessary changes that have come in her history. America wasn't ready for it's enslaved to become free nor her women to have the right to vote when these things happened. America wasn't ready for "rock-n-roll" or "hip-hop" when these forms of music introduced their way into our hearts through our ears. America wasn't ready for Martin Luther King, Jr. to help organize a movement to help it's citizens of African decent gain their full rights. So what does this mean?
It means that the very asking of this question is a reminder of what is "wrong" with America. What would America look like if it was "ready" for a Black president? Would there not be racial profiling? Would BET play more "positive" videos? Would "Flavor of Love" be cancelled? Would the republican party have more than 36 black delegates? How would we know if America was ready for a Black president?
We'd know because no one would be asking this question.
Does America need a Black president? This question is as asinine as the first one. America needs a government that can help her function and help it's citizens live better lives. America needs a leader that can inspire it's citizens to accomplish great things and ideals. American needs to think of it's citizens as a collective and not as individuals. What's good for "us"? What's best for the country? These are THE questions we the people need to try and answer.