The lessons are coming hard and fast. Despite six years of Democratic leadership in the White House under an African-American president, America’s lingering social ills remain in a critical state and are still being expressed in racial terms. With the media oversimplifying events such as the unrest in Ferguson, most people will opt for an easy, polarizing position: Either the cops are racist or the victims and protestors are violent.
It’s not that simple. The racial divide is a symptom, not a cause. Our society is being corrupted on several fronts: The obscene income gap between rich and poor is getting worse by the day. Unequal opportunity still plagues our cities and towns, slowly turning our society into a very un-American class system. Making matters worse, a divisive media takes advantage of a lack of general education and adopts a tabloid approach to everything.