How did we get here?

There are a few "How the hell did we get here?" retrospectives floating around online and in print. Divided States of America, a new documentary from PBS Frontline, is among the best. It traces the Trump phenomenon back to Obama's first presidential election campaign and the ensuing launch of the Tea Party movement. The battles over the stimulus of 2009, health care 2010, and the government shutdown of 2013 are all detailed. The accompanying commentary and analysis of race in America is particularly good, I think, and also illuminating, especially the parts that highlight Obama's calibrated and sometimes awkward responses to the Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and Charleston murders, and the criminalization of black bodies, generally. Find time to watch or listen, if you can.