Roger Simon: Is Ferguson the future?
Could it be that after decade upon decade of refusing to address the cost of racism in America, the bill has finally come due?
The protests in Ferguson, Mo., the arrests, the shootings, the armored vehicles, the police in full battle regalia indiscriminately training military-style rifles on unarmed citizens, the clouds of tear gas, the Molotov cocktails, the social media "reporting" of both hard truth and dangerous rumor as if there were no distinction between the two - could it be that this is our new normal?
It is often difficult to tell which is denser.
The truth should not be hidden. The truth should be revealed. But truth is often hard to come by as the battle is still unfolding.
Some people who had never seen a real tank decided that tanks were being deployed by police in Ferguson. They have not been, even though our attorney general was among the confused.
The words seem to have been assembled by committee. They did not seem to have originated in the President's heart or soul.
Actually, I wouldn't mind if he jumped on the scale with both feet, as long as he came down on the side of justice.
Obama's entire statement, which included more on Iraq than it did on Ferguson, and the few questions that followed consumed exactly 27 minutes of his time Monday afternoon.
As David Maraniss, whose biography of Obama was published in 2012, wrote, "once Obama reached the White House, it appeared that his intense interest in the subject (of race) diminished. He would be judged by the content of his presidency, not the color of his skin. Race seemingly became unimportant, if not irrelevant, to the first black President of the United States."
But I wouldn't count on it.
Roger Simon is Politico's chief political columnist. His new e-book, "Reckoning: Campaign 2012 and the Fight for the Soul of America," can be found on Amazon.com, BN.com and iTunes.
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