The Index takes a pause as in the past few days discourse on race in this country has gotten so out of control that everyone needs to take a step back.
America may have elected a black president, but we think the argument can be made that we're still not ready for one. At least by judging the vitriol on the right and their victim mentality that's looking for "reverse racism" in any form. Their kind of gotcha politics thrusts someone like Shirley Sherrod forth to be a sacrificial lamb -- red meat -- in a ridiculous effort to either drive web traffic, headlines or worse... policy. It's sickening.
But the left isn't blameless either. The NAACP essentially said "how high" to Andrew Breitbart's "jump", condemning Sherrod before getting all the facts. And then there's the Obama administration. Whether or not they're involved in this there's the appearance that they are. They need to get their house in order -- now.
Nobody's looking good in all this -- except for perhaps The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates, who once again breaks it down just right.