Sally Greene asks, "why is the truth so hard?"
The Democratics used to be bad guys on racial issues in the South, and the News & Observer once pushed the segregationist agenda. These institutions helped make terrible things happen in Wilmington 109 years ago, and the role of institutions is critical to the story.
Pretending to address historical reality while scrubbing the record is a chickenshit move. The Democrats should own the history of the party, and point proudly to the changes over the last century. Today's N&O is not the paper of the Jim Crow era, either.
Tell the whole story.