16 writers contributed some essays to the New Yorker on the election. Toni Morrison’s contribution, linked here, is truly scathing. The picture she paints of white racists is one of weakness and cowardice. It’s true, but in her words it just cuts through the fog of all the analysis.
Some of these are really good and cathartic.
I’ll tell you what, we are going to get some good art, literature, and music in the coming years. If only the price wasn’t so huge.
They have begun to do things they clearly don’t really want to be doing, and, to do so, they are (1) abandoning their sense of human dignity and (2) risking the appearance of cowardice. Much as they may hate their behavior, and know full well how craven it is, they are willing to kill small children attending Sunday school and slaughter churchgoers who invite a white boy to pray. Embarrassing as the obvious display of cowardice must be, they are willing to set fire to churches, and to start firing in them while the members are at prayer. And, shameful as such demonstrations of weakness are, they are willing to shoot black children in the street.