You know, it’s funny. When you feel righteous indignation and overpowering sadness at the same time, they push against each other so that all you really feel is your whole body cringe.
I say that because of this story on NPR. It’s a StoryCorps recording by Mary Ellen Noone. You can read it at the site, but I recommend listening to it. I do have to warn you though, while it’s not graphic, it’s extremely cringe-inducing and you will feel horrified.
When I hear things like that, I understand even more why the Obama campaign is significant and why people are inclined to vote for him, even if they don’t agree with his message. I can also understand how somebody could think Affirmative Action is a good idea. While I disagree completely with both examples, because they hearken back to those pre-Civil Rights sentiments, I can at least empathize with them.
I know this nation may not be perfect and discrimination may still exist. But we’ve come a long way.