Is America post-racial? The country has broken out in protests over the deaths of unarmed blacks at the hands of white cops in Ferguson, Mo.; Cleveland, and New York City. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says it touches on old themes.
“The lack of opportunity is a major part of this. The failure to pay people an adequate wage so they can have a decent life and hope for their future,” Durbin said in Springfield. “But let’s be honest about it. When they do the surveys of the reactions to what happened in Ferguson and New York – (newspaper columnist) E.J. Dionne said this – you start to see the map of the Civil War, and you think to yourself, we’re still battling issues in our own country that we’ve been working on for two centuries and beyond.”
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Durbin is convening a hearing Tuesday in Washington on “The State of Civil Rights in America.”