White People Mourning More Than Romney

A funny-yet-sad, election-inspired website highlights a racial rift. Whose country is it, anyway?

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People who once needed a constitutional amendment to declare their freedom can now pick the president. People who have lurked in the shadows for fear they might be told they don't belong now have crucial electoral power. People whose only crime was being born with a vagina or being attracted to others of the same sex can now stand up proudly and decisively allow their voices to be heard. And it means something.

White People Mourning Romney shows that there are still people who would rather deny those voices. They want their country back, the one that was promised to them by virtue of their being born white. They're not interested in sharing. And while the impulse is to dismiss them as relics, they still hold sway in the modern Republican Party. Also note that there are children in many of those photos, so these ideas are being passed on to a new generation.

The president was correct on election night when he said that progress is not linear. It doesn't happen in one speech or one march or one stroke of a pen. A clear lesson from this election cycle has been that progress is something we work at constantly to achieve and then maintain. Those pictures show us just how much work is ahead.

Mychal Denzel Smith is a writer, social commentator and mental-health advocate. Follow him on Twitter.

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