America’s Struggle for Racial Justice Is a Barrier—and a Bridge—to the World

Demonstrators protest near the White House over the death of George Floyd, Washington, June 6, 2020 (AP photo by Jacquelyn Martin).
Demonstrators protest near the White House over the death of George Floyd, Washington, June 6, 2020 (AP photo by Jacquelyn Martin).
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A month ago, in a column about how divisions in America would undermine the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, I mentioned the U.S. soldiers who in World War II liberated the South of France as well as Nazi-occupied Belgium, where my father spent the war. It is with some embarrassment that I revisit that reference to include a mention of how those soldiers, too, were divided—along the lines of race, reflecting the segregation of much of American society at the time. My failure to mention that was not due to a lack of knowledge, but simply the result of […]

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