A history of white delusion

Exploring the backdrop of today’s racial tensions, Nicholas Kristof finds that white Americans’ attitudes toward race have long been characterized by complacency and self-deception. He quotes Ford Foundation president Darren Walker on finding optimism in the face of systemic racism: “If America is to be America," Walker says, "we have to engage in a larger conversation than just the criminal justice system."

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