Springfield Fire Department Captain Robert Shewchuck (above) worked on the fire which started around 3 a.m. last Wednesday morning that destroyed the Macedonia Church of God. (Dennis Leger/ Springfield Fire Department)
If I didn't quickly scan newspapers at opposite ends of the country most days, I might have missed these items:
Aside from the church burning, most of this stuff is pretty minor. And some incidents, including the worst, may not be entirely what they appear: racist backlash. We don't want to panic prematurely over every little incident.
But every since Barack Obama stepped out into the spotlight and claimed his right to present himself to the electorate, a lot of us with long memories have been holding our breath, hoping never again to live through hearing that a charismatic U.S. leader had been cut down by violence. It is impossible not to be afraid for the guy the Secret Service has named "Renegade."
I'm a big believer that you must expose and denounce the small racial episodes immediately and loudly. Keeping quiet doesn't serve. If there are folks who think an election victory by someone they do not believe is a "real American" is an excuse to act out, the rest of us need to let them know loudly that this isn't so.