“‘[P]rogress is never absolute,’ says Jelani Cobb, a historian who is now a professor of journalism at Columbia. ‘What we have in this society is net progress. Not gross progress. When we have something huge happen, something beneficial, we always have a backlash to it, and we hope the backlash doesn’t eliminate all the progress that has been made.’ ‘Emancipation happens and there is a backlash,’ he says. ‘The Great Migration happens and there is a backlash. The civil rights movement happens and there is a backlash. And then Obama happens and now we are living through that backlash.'”

Source: Sylvester Monroe. “I’ve Been Reporting On Race For 40 Years. Can We Ever Fix What’s Broken?” The Washington Post. October 20, 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/ive-been-reporting-on-race-for-40-years-can-we-ever-fix-whats-broken/2016/10/19/f49e9d2e-867d-11e6-a3ef-f35afb41797f_story.html.

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