Copeland quit his post Monday after residents in Wolfeboro demanded his resignation. About 20 black people live in Wolfeboro, a town of 6,300 residents. The state is 94 percent white and 1 percent black. None of the town police department’s 12 full-time officers is Black.
For some, — like Sterling, Bundy and Copeland – it’s getting much easier to bring racist feelings to the forefront. And in Copeland’s case, he is unapologetic for disrespecting Obama, the nation’s first Black president. He would rather resign as police commissioner than to apologize to a Black man.
But what conservatives are really upset about is this: Holder’s speech about racial bigotry wasn’t designed as an isolated event: it’s part of a coordinated effort by the Obama administration to address race in America. The idea is to make people think – and perhaps change some attitudes.
Last week, for example, First Lady Michelle Obama, marking the 60th anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, said that racial prejudices are still prevalent in America and urged young people to help eradicate racism.
“This issue is so sensitive, it’s so complicated, so bound up with a painful history,” Mrs. Obama said. “No matter what you do, the point is to never be afraid to talk about these issues, particularly the issue of race, because even today, we still struggle to do that.”
This isn’t the last time Americans will hear about race in America from the Obamas – or from members of the administration. Expect to hear more about race, multiculturalism, and America’s rapidly-changing demographics in the months ahead.
This is about leadership – and I’m looking forward to it. What do you think?