Dreams of equality lie in the dust

Events in Ferguson and Cleveland have highlighted the US’s tortured relationship with race

24th December, 2014
Police in riot gear move past a burning vehicle in Ferguson Picture: EPA/AP

Back when Barack Obama was elected president of the United States in late 2008, it was fashionable for pundits to proclaim that a “post-racial” era had begun.

Those suggestions always looked overly optimistic – especially to those Americans who, being both black and poor, rarely received anything more than the roughest of deals from society at large.

But the idea of a post-racial America looks especially threadbare now. Last week, the failure to charge...

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