Closer to living in ‘post-racial society’ than ever before

With the death of civil rights icon John Lewis I’m reminded what a profoundly different country we are today, with respect to race, from what it was when I was in our nation’s Capitol during the March on Washington in 1963. And later that same year in a boarding school in Florida surrounded by Jim Crow and the ubiquitous signs that said “Whites Only,” I simply couldn’t imagine a country where people were judged, not by the color or their skin, but by the content of their character. And yet, if we are truly being honest with ourselves, we have made tremendous strides to fulfill the obligations of what Dr. King called “that promissory note.”

Is there still racism and bigotry in this country? You may as well ask. “are there still people in this country?” Of course, since we are all flawed and imperfect. But thank G_d the systemic racism of the ’60s is gone, and we are closer to living in a “post-racial society” than ever before. Only someone who was not there, has not studied history, or is just being intellectually dishonest could assert otherwise.

Randolph “Capt Rand” Coon



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