1. Post-Ferguson America: This is obviously not the post-racial America many envisioned with the election and re-election of Barack Obama and the wider acceptance of interracial marriage. But we are certainly in post-Ferguson America, demonstrated by the racial and class diversity of people protesting — or at least disturbed by — the deaths of unarmed black men by police. Many whites resent the protests and the accusations of racism. But what's encouraging are the growing numbers of millennials reacting to a concern of people they know, went to school with, or work with. As a result, racial profiling, police brutality, the use of deadly force — for them, these are not just "black issues," but things that affect their friends, classmates and co-workers. The Michael Brown and Garner cases have raised those issues to a new level of awareness, outrage and empathy among a broader spectrum of Americans. Call that wishful thinking, if you want. It's real.