Roughly Speaking: The president vs. the press

Michelle Carter

Progress and struggles reflect in top race headlines of 2016

Of the many events marking the closing year of Barack Obama's time as the nation's first black president, none had deeper resonance than his opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall. Tracing the history of black America from its dark beginnings in human bondage to Obama's historic election, the museum has already welcomed more than 600,000 visitors.

"It is a monument, no less than the others on this mall, to the deep and abiding love for this country, and the ideals upon which it is founded. For we, too, are America," the president said that day in September.

The opening was a watershed cultural moment for many...