Gee, with first Cliven Bundy and now the allegations against
Or maybe it's like a racist variation of "The Walking Dead," with the zombie Jim Crow once again among us.
At least, that's the grim picture some are painting of the latest eruption of inane, racist sentiment in the good old USA.
But before everyone gets carried away with the racism-is-making-a-comeback-in-America angle, let me just offer this: No, it isn't.
Bundy's musings that blacks were better off as slaves, and Sterling's supposed racist comments (as posted by two websites but not authenticated), were swiftly condemned. That fact alone shows that this isn't great-grandpa, or even grandpa's America.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is who we really are now. That's how far we've come.
It isn't just that we have a black president. After all, we've had black politicians for a long time.
Now we have black entrepreneurs: Magic,
And socially? We celebrate (well, OK, we’re intensely interested in) the impending marriage of a black man,
And black entertainers thrive; African Americans dominate professional basketball and football.
No, no, I'm not naive. America has racial problems. Most, in fact, are more shadowy and thus harder to deal with than the public musings of these latest racist poster boys. And yes, in everyone's heart of hearts — white, black, Latino, Asian, etc. — lurk impure thoughts, racist sentiments.
But that's what separates most of us from the likes of Bundy and, allegedly, Sterling. We know we have those instincts, but we fight against them, fight to be better people.
And that's why we aren't going back. The Klan isn't rising again. Yes, there are blips, and twists and turns and setbacks, but America remains on the path to becoming a better society, not a more racist one.
Bundy and Sterling are old men. They, and their alleged views, are vile — and outdated.
And a new generation of Americans is arising that refuses to accept their nonsense.
So don't despair. Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling's days are numbered, but America's best days are ahead of it.