Opinion: The Language of Diplomacy, Democracy — and Division

“He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured,” then long-shot candidate Donald Trump saidin 2015 of Sen. John McCain’s service and time as a prisoner after his plane was shot down by North Vietnamese troops in 1967. It was a quote that many thought would end Trump’s White House dreams.

That it did not slow the Trump train was a clear sign that something fundamental was broken in America’s definition of what it means to be a patriot.

Does Obama’s presidency improve the lives of everyday African Americans?

‘The weird sort of ironic reality is it might be easier for America to elect Barack Obama to get that job than it is for a lot of other people of color just to get a job managing a department store,’ says white anti-racism author and activist Tim Wise.