Monday, November 17, 2008

Post-racial America?

While some of us thought November 4 was some long-awaited day of national racial reconciliation, I sorta went in the opposite direction. W.E.B. Du Bois was right in the 20th Century and, to my thinking, will be right in the 21st.

Now I've got some evidence to go with my gut feeling: we're in for a long four (or eight) years.

From California to Maine, police have documented a range of alleged crimes, from vandalism and vague threats to at least one physical attack. Insults and taunts have been delivered by adults, college students and second-graders.

There have been "hundreds" of incidents since the election, many more than usual, said Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes.

Make sure to watch your back.

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