I don't much care that the Willingham case won't deep-six Rick Perry. That kind of cynical utilitarianism has never been my bag. Frederick Douglass couldn't stop Jim Crow or achieve universal suffrage either. But we live in Douglass's America, not Bobby Lee's.
Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her middle school. Then Humans of New York told her story to the Internet—and everything changed.