The Most Difficult Topic in American Public Discourse?

Is race.  It is the third rail for the chattering classes and just about everybody else.  Whether it’s sparked by Oprah’s encounter in a fancy Swiss handbag store, by a rodeo clown wearing an Obama mask, or by the closing of Chicago schools, it is hard to have a nuanced and civil discussion about the role race continues to play in the way we interact with one another.

That’s why I was so impressed with the breadth and perspective in this op-ed piece in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune by Don Wycliff.  (Disclosure:  he is a colleague and one-time office mate of mine at Loyola University Chicago, where I lecture part-time.)  Wycliff’s piece has history, heft and a point-of-view.  It was written by a grown-up with an evolved sense of the world and who knows how to connect the dots.  Check it out.

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