In our polarized nation, what we’re hearing in our echo chambers is the sound of contrived significance bouncing off the walls and each other.
“Why bother researching [history] if we are unwilling to allow ourselves to be surprised, informed and disabused of preconceptions of how a situation [Jefferson and Hemings] must have unfolded?”
“An American Declaration” serves as a sort of founding document for Better Angels although it has been alive and growing since the 2016 presidential elections
What happens when a much-reviled far-right activist sits down for a face-to-face dialogue with a 19-year-old transgender woman who happens to be politically conservative?
My anti-racist friends tell me I just don’t understand, or recognize, the systemic nature of racism. But no culture lives under just one system.
John McWhorter: Today’s consciousness-raising on race is less about helping black people than it is about white people seeking grace.