How vital is Pres. Obama to moving us beyond bias when Southern juries still shed Blacks?
So the New York Times reports on a phenomenon that probably shocks many, saddens and disappoints some, and doesn’t really phase others.
What shocks me is not the segregated jury pool. I find that morose and vile, but not a shock. What shocks me (although it shouldn’t) is the extent to which the public is shocked. But for the public to not be shocked, they would need a longer or deeper memory for and sustained personal interest in social justice.
As usual, it probably comes down to a meager portion of America that feels these things come home to them. The splintered, non-stop news, information, and entertainment cycle doesn’t help.
Ours is a society of bizarre and laughable contradictions: founded in freedom acknowledged (for some), and provided only to some, where largely “great” men owned their fellow men, and their great, great grandchildren elected a brilliant, but brown man with a funny name, Barack Obama, to lead their country and the free world.
Surely people used to say, at home, in the barber shops, and elsewhere, that “once there’s a Black president…” Everything would improve. Dramatically. And traumatically for many.
This is another example of what U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder called a “cowardly” country when it comes to conversations and questions on color and bigotry.