When Obama was elected in 2008 there was a brief moment when (mostly white, mostly conservative) folks celebrated the end of racism. “A black man is president!” they said. “That must mean racism is over!” I don’t think these folks ever really believed that racism existed in the first place. They read it instead as an excuse — it was just a scam by black people to get a free ride from the government and shut people up.
Earlier this month I went to the doctor for a checkup. I left with medications that I will probably take for the rest of my life. Most were cheap, but one — a statin — costs $2 a dose. As near as I can tell, I don’t need it and am better off without it. My cholesterol numbers are quite good. Even the doctor said so. But he prescribed the statin any way, because why not? I can think of about 720 reasons annually.