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The Long Reach of Racism in the U.S.


The Long Reach of Racism in the U.S.

 

One of the many ways, good and bad, in which America is truly exceptional is its experience of race—its tortured embrace of black Americans and the paradoxical extremes in how it treats them. Race is the fulcrum upon which two radically different visions of America pivot.

In the inhuman, banal killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis we see the reactivated weight of the country’s darkest past. In the nationwide demonstration of young blacks and whites against it and other recent racist killings, we see the outraged, countervailing force of that other America which Martin Luther King Jr. imagined as the “beloved community.”

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