Most of us agree racism is bad in our democracy. I remember in my World War II basic infantry training days in Fort McClellan in Alabama, a neighborhood bar had a sign posted prohibited African Americans from being in the tavern.
We hadn't eliminated racism with the Civil War, but we have decreased prejudice against African Americans a good deal since then.
How about sexism?
I notice on TV when the August committees are meeting on serious legislature or senate matters that women are in the minority. Theoretically, we eliminated sexism in 1920 when women were allowed to vote, but we've never gone so far as to adopt the Equal Rights Amendment.
Isn't it about time?
Prejudices are difficult to root out. We see evidence of this too frequently, but we are on the right track. We claim, in historic documents to be "of the people, by the people and for the people." I truly believe that an increasing majority of people in our so-called democracy truly believe that. Can't we speed it up a bit right now?
I was pushing Hillary Clinton to be our first woman president. After all, President Obama broke through barriers. But it wasn't to be for Clinton. I have been very pleased to see more women heading up our daily news shows on TV. That's great.
Let's do lots more of it.