It is my great good fortune to know a lot of fun, smart, interesting people, none more so than Roger Simon, novelist, Hollywood scriptwriter and CEO of Pajamas Media. Roger was a civil rights worker in Mississippi when that was still a dangerous thing to be. One of his best friends from elementary school was murdered there, and Roger himself lost the use of a finger in an encounter with a Mississippi cop. Although, based on the way Roger told the story one memorable night in 2004, I think that may have related mainly to his lack of facility with a tire jack.
In any event, Barack Obama’s speech on race moved Roger to poetry for the first time in many years. You can read Roger’s poem here. A sample:
Barack, I made excuses for the Black Power Movement even though I knew it was turning racist.
Barack, I didn