The June 14 shooting in the nation’s capital, which left the majority whip of the House of Representatives critically injured, further suggested that America may be abandoning civil discourse and turning dangerously divisive. 

Instead of being the St. Louis Cardinals’ announcer, “Professor Uman” on the online TV program Cardinals Kids and KSHE 95’s iconic “U-Man,” he easily could have been swept away by the once-meaner streets of St. Louis’ South Side, where he grew up.