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Demonstrators gather near the White House to protest the death of George Floyd Demonstrators gather near the White House to protest the death of George Floyd, Washington, June 2, 2020 (AP photo by Alex Brandon).

America Is in Crisis Because It Won’t Confront Its Grave Racial Divide

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

As a young boy in an internationally minded African American family in the Washington D.C. of the 1960s, I avidly collected stamps from other countries and visited the city’s embassies for the kinds of promotional publications countries put out about life back home in their societies in the pre-internet age. One of those embassies represented Moscow.

It was the height of the Cold War, not many years after the famous 1956 remarks by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, in which he vowed to “bury” the United States and its Western allies. Less well remembered, during a visit to Los Angeles three years later, Khrushchev also proclaimed: “We are happy with our way of life. We recognize its shortcomings and are always trying to improve it. But if challenged, we shall fight to the death to preserve it.” ...

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