Magazine March 9, 2015, Issue

A Tragic National Pastime

“Did you vote for yourself in the last election? If so, does that mean you’re racist?” (Dr. Whom, @chapel3929)
America and its ‘race rows’

A friend of mine was saying that she had seen Selma, the movie about the civil-rights era, and loved it. She was indignant, however: because it had been shut out of Academy Award nominations (she said). And there was an obvious reason for that: good old-fashioned anti-black racism.

I said that Selma had indeed been nominated for an Academy Award: two of them, including Best Picture. She said, “No, it hasn’t.” I said, “Yes, it has.” There was another round of this. Then my friend stuck out her hand and said, “Betcha a hundred dollars.” I stuck out my hand and

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