I don't want to get maudlin, but this is a very sad moment.
When I look at the "legacy press" it is practically all racism all the time, now.
What pisses me off more than anything else, tho, is the fact that between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Barack Obama the United States did a terrific job of moving beyond the kind of toxic racism that gave us Jim Crow and the Klan.
All that was basically dead.
Everyone knew that there were some hard-core white supremacist types still out there. When I was growing up they seemed to have congregated in the Pacific Northwest.
But we were so beyond all of this.
I gotta tell ya, I was damn proud to vote for Barack Obama in 2008.
It seemed to me, and millions of other Americans, that we were finally, seriously, moving beyond the old crusty racism of the past.
And the thing of it is, we were.
The United States, along with West, more generally, is actually the least racist part of the planet but Americans are so insulated and egotistical that they cannot see it.
The question that is foremost in my mind is the degree to which this racism was just there and to what extent was it politically constructed?