Salim Muwakkil is a senior editor at In These Times and host of The Salim Muwakkil Show on WVON-AM in Chicago.
Missing from Alterman's historical analysis is the Republicans' canny exploitation of racial resentment.
The vitality of the new Latino-led immigration movement could provide
the spark to jolt the civil rights movement out of its complacency and
create a shared notion of an imagined future.