“'We' is conditional, contingent, up for debate. For ages, 'we' wasn’t more than one gender or race or sexual orientation. 'We' was white, straight and male. The great moral force of the 20th century and, so far, the 21st, was the fight to bring greater self-evidence to even more truths: suffrage, civil rights, marriage equality, religious pluralism, laws acknowledging the existence of the disabled. The euphoria of putting a black man in the White House became who 'we' were as much as the clamoring to put him out. Yes, we could. But expanding the meaning of 'we' is hard; a black president doesn’t ease that, and neither would a female one. And right now, white people tired of the ongoing battle for all manners of equality, of civility, appear to have switched sides."