Thinking about the recent spate of prominent African-Americans passing. And it dawns on me: it's death, not Matt Bai, that will be having the last word on the end of black politics. And sooner than we think.
Think about it. Without naming names, think of any long tenured black 'leader' you know meeting their maker as per the inevitable actuarial schedule. Think of who's on or close to the doorstep.
Done straining your brain yet?
Soon and very soon the only people who might be pointed to as black leaders are gonna look more and more like Barack Obama, and other what have been called Ivy League "no mustache niggers" than Jesse Jackson or Maxine Waters or Al Sharpeton. I 'm not saying it's a good or bad thing, though I'm always hoping for better. But it's just fact.
I don't know what comes after that. But I do know what we've called the post civil-rights period of American history will be over, and without a conclusive, defining battle determining who won the war, or even what we were fighting for.