The invaluable Derrick Jackson provided a very necessary postscript to the obituaries written about the less-than-valuable Jerry Falwell in a Boston Globe column:
Jackson points out that in this, as in much else, Falwell was "a perfect complement" for the views and policies of the Reagan Administration.
Scratch most any U.S. conservative and there'll be a racist component to his/her preoccupations, even if their claim to notoriety is primarily in some other foul swamp of bigotry. The original sin of racially-defined slavery is deeply rooted in the national cultural DNA, passed down the generations. Fortunately, the national history is also the history, still profoundly incomplete, of the struggle to root out that racism.