Originally published in the Ann Arbor News, Bay City Times, Flint Journal, Grand Rapids Press, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle, Saginaw News
April 27, 2014
As the cartoon implies, we Americans are often torn in our views on racism. Simple solutions are elusive and ignoring it doesn’t seem to work. It’s ongoing and evolving, deeply historic and persistent. It can be shockingly obvious (like that rancher guy in Nevada or the LA Clippers owner) or blatantly misunderstood (like the woman who brought the suit against the University of Michigan or the young lady from Detroit who felt she is owed admittance).
I didn’t see last week’s Supreme Court ruling as a victory or a defeat. I just see it as part of the ongoing process of answering a very difficult question: