Still, I don't like how they were dismissive of this fact because it didn't fit exactly with their thesis. The fact that the Rock was wildly popular and was world champion at some point is a bright note in an otherwise dismal place. The place is still dismal.
Obama being president doesn't change the racism that many ordinary Americans face every day, but we can acknowledge the problem without pretending he doesn't count.
Rather than answering, "I have one conflicting data point so you are wrong," with "This is why your data point is an exception we shouldn't count," I wish people would use, "Yes, there is a lot of variation and not everything fits into one neat narrative, but I don't think that's fatal to my overall case."