Bipartisan Backlash Against Police Commissioner’s N-Bomb Shows There’s Still Hope for America

After he hurled the n-word, there’s not much good you can say about Robert Copeland. But it was refreshing to see him get called out from all sides.


Now, I don’t know how many of you have traveled to New Hampshire. I have—a few times. Each time, I was the only black person I saw during my visits and the only black person the people I traveled with encountered, as well. One Granite State resident told me that the only other black person she’d ever met was a lone biracial individual who had previously lived in her town.

The point is that New Hampshire isn’t exactly a racially diverse state. It went for Obama in 2008 and 2012, but it’s considered a swing state in presidential elections, and many of its residents are white people who may not ever have voted for this president. Yet the consensus seems pretty clear: They consider Robert Copeland an embarrassment to Wolfeboro, to New Hampshire and to America. This fact alone is something of which we as Americans should be proud, and should give us hope that we are a more united country than we sometimes seem.

So thanks, Robert Copeland, for embarrassing yourself and, in doing so, bringing the rest of us a little closer together.

Keli Goff is The Root’s special correspondent. Follow her on Twitter.