All this fuss about the Confederate flag is well and good.
But once it is down, what about the rest of it? The equal opportunity? Even-handed justice for all? An education system that provides the best schooling available for all of our citizens? Voting rights assured for everyone, regardless of "race"? Health care for every American?
These are just some of the systemic problems that won't go away without a government for all the people, not just the privileged few.
So, in the wake of only the most recent tragedy afflicting African Americans, will our congressional leaders start to address these issues in some serious way? Or are we content simply to take down the flags, censor the offensive language, and ensure that the windows are properly dressed?
This is what I want to know.
See Nicholas Kristof in today's New York Times.