Election 2016

The Reverend William Barber Just Diagnosed What Ails This Nation

esquire.comPHILADELPHIA—Here on the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention, the Reverend Dr. William Barber II broke through. Or, more accurately, he rose above, past the partisan food fights and the insults and the vindictiveness. His soaring speech was a call to action, and a declaration that it was inaction on a range of issues—gun violence, the deteriorating relationships between police and communities of color, the climate—that had led to a kind of national cardiac arrest. We are not all equally to blame, he said. There are forces, he said, that are intent to “stop the heart of our democracy.” But we are all responsible for what comes next.

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