It is wonderful that hope is being brought back to life in the political realm. But hope was not enough then. And it is not enough now.
To move forward as a country and as a people, we need our hearts, our souls, our hopes. But also our brains. I heard a young brother on the radio recently saying he didn’t need to know too much about the details of the policy issues, because hope had been generated in him and his young compatriots. It is our duty, to encourage the hope, but to also remind folks that we need to look behind the curtain. The devil is in the details.
Michael C. Dawson is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago.