December 12, 2002


One must feel sorrow for his predicament, and pity at his impasse. For if Trent Lott represents a dying past, so too does Bob Herbert. They grapple, two old men and their old ideologies, dragging one another down into history and secretly (or not so secretly) hating those who will not join in their struggle. And America, the country they both earnestly want to save from itself, increasingly ignores them and, in its younger generation, increasingly does what it should have done all along about race: shrug, miscegenate, and not care.

Yeah. That's tough on all the folks -- from Trent Lott to Jesse Jackson -- who have built their careers on racism. But as far as I'm concerned, that's not a bug, but a feature.