Diary

Racism, right here in America

The protest last Friday at the University of California at Berkeley, in which black students were singled out and physically blocked from crossing a campus bridge, was nothing short of outrageous. In fact, overt racism like this is so rare that I was surprised not to find it reported on the front page of the San Jose Mercury News, one of the largest newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area. (It was reported in the Washington Times.)

It’s hard to believe that in 2016 blacks suffer from this kind of blatant, targeted injustice simply based on the color of their skin. It was as though the despicable discrimination faced by Martin Luther King in 1965 during his historic march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, had returned overnight. It made me wonder: Has the civil rights movement been negated? Is racism now once again an accepted practice here?

No person in America should have to wonder if his civil rights will be infringed this way because of his race. As President Obama likes to say: this is not who we are.

Wait, I have it backward. It was white people who were refused passage across the bridge because of the color of their skin. I guess that makes it ok.

Right?