That was actor Neil Patrick Harris’ opening quip at this year’s Oscar ceremony—and while it was simply meant to slam the Academy’s “lack of diversity,” it really encapsulates the heightened racial tension that has exploded in the past few years.
That’s right. Despite the fact that many Americans believed President Barack Obama’s race—50 percent of it, anyway—would be a ticket to color-blind nirvana, under his watch race relations have actually worsened, and significantly so. (And not for the reasons Neil Patrick Harris, et al, would have you think.)
Given this stark reality, you’d think that a celebration of a pivotal moment in civil rights history would be the perfect place to do exactly as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sought: come together as a human race.