06/27/15 - 1:02pm
One of our defining national traits is the belief that somehow, some way, we will emerge from our troubles and become a better country. The mantra “Yes we can” got Barack Obama elected, after all. He was a symbol of change. His presidency was historic from Day One because of his race. But the luster of his ascension to the presidency has become not the beginning of a new era of togetherness, but instead, to a significant degree, an excuse for divisiveness — certainly to the frightened people who cling to the poisonous fiction of white supremacy.