“We should not embrace the witch-hunter’s credo that says people are defined by their worst moments.”
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
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.