It was a mirage, an image that never existed. We spoke of a post-racial nation on that November night in 2008, casting aside the realities of the moment.
In the years since, we have witnessed a land in which a frightening number of blacks have lost their liberty, where their ability to participate in our election process has been disintegrating piece by piece, where employment opportunities have been scarce and poverty has been declared a self fulfilling prophecy.
The promise of that November night has only served to fuel the anger and the disappointment. And with the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown the fires of resentment and betrayal threaten to burn out of control.
The mirage is no more and the images we now see inform us that we are in too many ways closer to 1963 then we dare to admit.