Alexis de Tocqueville [top left image], the early 19th century French writer/researcher who traveled the States and offered judgments on the moral questions of the day, was profoundly pessimistic on the issue of race.
Blacks and Whites were simply too far apart in too many ways to expect a resolution of the American race problem, he effectively said.
Oh, what de Tocqueville must be thinking now, as Barack Obama reaches out to touch the Bible that Abe Lincoln touched, and takes the same oath!
Roll over, Alexis. This calls for a song.
And, hey, friends, take those fingers out of your ears as you listen to "The Mountaintop"!