The city’s 20th-century history not only marked a high point in the civil-rights movement; it also captures why America needs more than sporadic intervention if it is to uproot the institutions of racism in this country.
What history of the civil-rights movement should we tell today? How do the political gains of an era marked by hope and possibility look from our contemporary vantage point? Our conditions, after all, seem to call for pessimism. Like Ronald Reagan before him, Donald Trump has pandered to law enforcement.…
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