What does it say about a country that could elect such an unsavory character?
The failure of Americans to have a concerted conversation on racism is not surprising. Too much is at stake for too many people, interests and institutions.
I am afraid of Ebola because it is an enemy of critical and balanced thinking about Africa, about disease, about our common humanity.
It is not hard to understand the iconic status of Nelson Mandela and the overflow of emotion his death has provoked in the Pan-African world.