One Step Forward…

The Senate will seat Roland Burris, but the racial realities at play are a stark reminder of progress not made.


The case against Burris is that he represents a past beyond which we have all moved; that he is allowing himself to be used; that he is being opportunistic and ambitious, that he is selfish. This is standard political fare. If he is seated, he will likely sit alongside a senator from Minnesota who will have been accused of stealing an election and a woman from New York who will have to live with questions about whether she was a nepotism appointment.

Burris does not represent Obama’s promise of change, but neither does the Senate.

Terence Samuel is deputy editor of The Root.