The story of Gene the butler

Soon enough we'll have to stop basking in the afterglow of racial transcendence and go back to all the work we have left to do, on that and other more mundane fronts. But while we're still focused on the meaning of This Historic Occasion, I'd like to call your attention to this article by Wil Haygood from yesterday's Washington Post. It's a human-interest story with a surprising amount of resonance -- one more way to express, in simple, human terms, a sense of what happened this week. It starts out cloying, but the historical information that anchors it is valuable, and the ending packs a punch. If you're like me, you'll be better for reading. And you'll want to have some tissues handy when you get to the end.

Mollie Wilson O’​Reilly is editor-at-large and columnist at Commonweal.

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