The death of American poet Maya Angelou has been greeted with both grief and accolades for her contributions to the American literary canon. But it also has stirred memories of her early support for a controversial man, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
It's perfectly acceptable for groups of Americans to push the government to deal with their causes, so black leaders who want to go easy on this president because he is black are failing their constituents.
With the campaign and the election finally behind him, President-elect Obama is now focusing on governing, but in which direction will he take the country? Charles Ogletree is in a unique position to know.