In the Times, Peter Baker lays it out:
It's bad if he fails to go there. This country will continue to be mired in roiling racial anxiety and the enthusiastic embrace of authoritarianism so long as we refuse to learn this essential fact. He loses nothing, personally, if he warns us away from our panic. While we remain panicked, all our demons run wild.
Better than nothing. Let's do what we can to discourage the inevitable "collateral damage."