Selma: After ignoring the battle that ended slavery under the first Republican president, President Obama at the 50th anniversary of Democrats’ blocking the Selma bridge says, “We’re the slaves that built the White House.”
The parts of American history that this president chooses to commemorate and what he says about them speaks volumes about his view of America and American history.
His America is not only unexceptional, it is perpetually and deeply racist, an overbearing world bully with no right to lecture the world about morality, democracy or freedom.
He reminded us over the weekend that despite any progress since then, “We just need to open our eyes, our ears and our hearts to know that this nation’s racial history still casts its long shadow upon us.” Or just look at the police department in Ferguson, Mo.?