Office and institution are only as good as the people who occupy them, and they do not inherit respect; they must constantly earn it. Vigilance and straight talk will make us a better country.
Dasgupta frames this anti-lynching protest as an expression of aesthetic more than moral outrage. This is presumably because "aesthetic" can be dismissed as a slighter, more frivolous philosophical obsession, confined to those few rich enough to have time and space for such minor preoccupations.
He unpacks that story along with a suitcase that is filled with mementos. He does it with plenty of laughs, from the travails of courtship to his life as a comedian.
Images of tragedy and violence should offend only our sense of natural justice.