Not least of the things that bother me about Donald Trump, and Republican campaign buffoonery in general, is that it has pushed off the news streams information about the aftermath of the June 17 massacre in Charleston.
On this two-month anniversary, we should still be in deep conversation about this tragedy, along with the deaths of Sandra Bland, Samuel Dubose, and Christian Taylor.
Ferguson got only negative attention on the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.
The 70th anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki also barely got any mentions.
What does this say about our moral universe?
Yes, I do believe that Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, et al should be called out when they are lying, making up figures, and spouting racist nonsense.
But if we lose touch with the grief and the outrage, we will not continue to fight to change the mindsets of those who hate so much.
For one thing, we have got to get the bill to restore the Voting Rights Act passed before the 2016 election. The wanton murder of African-Americans goes a long way to demonstrating why it needs to be restored. Not only do #Black Lives Matter, Black Votes Matter.
Let us not be distracted from the important work ahead of us. Let our motto be: We Remember You.