When he was campaigning for election, Barack Obama said the country needed to have a “conversation about race.” In the wake of the Martin-Zimmerman tragedy, we’re getting it, but I don’t think it’s the I-talk-you-shut-up-and-listen conversation he imagined. Black folks are disenchanted, and some white folks are tired of shutting up. The President may have triggered a serious gunnysacking, one that could cost him re-election.
Update (7 April). Derbyshire’s widely discussed article got him bounced from National Review. Contrary to Dan Rielhl’s observations, things like this tend to support Derbyshire’s contentions. And of course, right on cue, the usual suspects generate a rumor about the Neo-Nazis showing up (from Detroit, no less!). Some conversation!