Reality of race is lost on tone-deaf GOP convention

The sun beat down relentlessly on Public Square as officers stood back watching and waiting. Over the sound of drums, drowning out the hate from Westboro Baptist Church, there was yelling.

A white guy, then a black guy. A racial epithet, a curse word, then a shove.

The crowd convulsed.

“Everybody pray right now!” a craggy old woman, shrouded in all black, shouted as protesters ran toward and then away from the fray. “Everybody stop what you’re doing and pray right now!”

This was Tuesday – hours before House Speaker Paul Ryan took the stage a few blocks away at Quicken Loans Arena, where he, in all of his wealth and whiteness, would tell the rest of us that in America, we see beyond race and class. READ MORE...