Showing posts from June 29, 2015

Monday—Standing Up to Bigotry

A president who sings...

Amazing Grace

Excerpts from President Obama's eulogy last Friday for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina
"...For too long, we've been blind to the way past injustices continue to shape the present.  Perhaps we see that now.  Perhaps this tragedy causes us to ask some tough questions about how we can permit so many of our children to languish in poverty, or attend dilapidated schools, or grow up without prospects for a job or for a career.

Perhaps it causes us to examine what we're doing to cause some of our children to hate.  Perhaps it softens hearts towards those lost young men, tens and tens of thousands caught up in the criminal justice system, and leads us to make sure that that system is not infected with bias...

Maybe we now realize the way racial bias infects us even when we don't realize it, so that we're guarding against not just racial slurs, but we're also guarding against the subtle impulse to call John…