Indeed, the past two weeks of unrest in the St. Louis region have brought attention to not just racial divides we have ignored for too long, but our country’s difficulty, magnified in recent years, to find common ground on most issues. It’s not just race. It's climate change. It's Obamacare. It's Gaza. It’s war and peace. Our nation is divided. Ferguson is just one place where the division is laid bare.As a pious platitde, it's harmless enough. And instantly forgettable.
To some, for instance, the mere mention of Mr. Sharpton’s name causes them to close their ears. On MSNBC, the cable news channel where Mr. Sharpton works as host, Michael Brown was a gentle soul who didn’t deserve to die. On Fox News he’s a thug of questionable character.
There is no in between.
The truth, however, almost always lives in that space between the extremes.
But, no, The Truth does not always lives "in that space between the extremes." Not even almost always. Especially on the issues they name.
And when it comes to combating the politics and the structures of white racism, if you assume that the solutions lie "in that space between the extremes," you've pretty much given up the fight.
And that's a comfortable position. For white people.
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