I saw this and right away thought, damn, one more reason to defeat Trump. The sign — in case it’s hard to read or you haven’t already seen the story that goes with it — marks the spot where Emmett Till’s body was found nearly sixty years ago.
After thinking about it for a few minutes, I changed my mind. Not that defeating Trump isn’t a good idea, not that defacing the sign isn’t a symptom of deep and abiding trouble in our society, but that Trump’s loss will not help solve the underlying problems.
Prejudice, suspicion, mistrust, untethered animosity and hatred are not changed by an election, or by lectures, or by laws. They are deep-seated and enduring, and while some of them, some of the time, in some situations may be amenable to education or to argument, most of them are not.
Change will not come in years or in decades. It will come in generations.