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.