We fail to counteract the seductive narrative of violent extremism because we do not engage it on its own terms. We talk above it and around it, but not straight at it. Reducing our values to war cries in the mouths of statesmen is an ineffective way to bring those among us who might be seduced back into the fold.
Ferguson is a little over a three and half-hours drive from Kansas City, where Jackie Robinson began his baseball career; he started in the Negro Leagues as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs. October 24, 2014 marks the 42nd anniversary of Robinson's death -- significant because that is the number that Robinson wore.
We can present a real cause for optimism that we can realize the promise of Brown v. Board of Education in our lifetime: In the past few years we have started a pair of Hebrew-language charter schools in Harlem and Brooklyn that have quietly and quickly become two of the most integrated public elementary schools in the city.