Systematic racism is alive and kicking. Your article captured this feeling that many of us have. I remember working at a restaraunt in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As I was cleaning a booth, I heard a couple of people in the next booth say "There is a n***** working here".
My face got red and I wanted to cry but I couldn't. I finished my work and just had an awareness that I wasn't wanted there. I actually decided against going to LSU because of this experience.
Your story didn't see the light of day simply because the baby was black. The baby was so adorable and it's interesting to see the systematic racism present intself in editorial rooms.