It’s really, really hard to watch. But I have to say, I’m glad I watched. I tend to live in a bubble. My parents took me South as a kid to wake me up every summer, and we experience the reality of this kind of madness every day of our lives, of course. But watching it…right there on the screen and hearing her say what many would not have dared, I got that little “slap” I’ve been needing. Another wake up, like the “Colored Only” fountains and whatnot in the South. Hurt like hell…but I needed it…

Award-winning former features reporter for the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star, HuffPo contributor and author.

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