From the start, I thought this was a great way to both A) learn from others informed about some aspect of this huge, revolutionary movement; B) Raise consciousness on one (immigrant) aspect of racism in America of which I know something.
Perhaps because of my Midwestern newspaper background, I am a news junkie. Gotta pay for NYT, WP, New Yorker, TPM, and a couple others, even though I can't possibly read everything in there.
It's a dramatic time to be alive, to have lived through a dark 4-year period of national shame and agony -- ending, mercifully, on Nov. 3rd.
A national catharsis is on the horizon. "Oh, Say, can you see . . . . "
The world has an enormous stake in American elections, and America has an interest in peace and prosperity everywhere.
Slavery had always existed in the 10,000 years of recorded history, and the Gutenberg Bible is just 545 years old.
It had fallen to the United States to fight a civil war to abolish this curse of humanity de jure, in law.
Mr. Obama has questioned the idea of American exceptionalism (Madeleine Albright's big on this), and allowed for some kind of Russian exceptionalism. Maybe so. But no one can possibly be more exceptional than America in its slow but steady progress in righting the horrible wrongs.
White racism may be endemic, but it has no coherent ideology or serious defenders. Yet, one system of religious thought is flourishing in America, and this ideology holds that humanity must be divided along caste lines, Brahmins on top, the soldier class next, the business community in the third position, and the fourth serving their superiors. The rest are untouchables, doing the dirty work for the masters. It is called Hindutva, and conforms largely to classical Hinduism. It dominates today's India.