We aren’t “over” race

Fox News
by Radley Balko

05/05/08

I spent an afternoon last week at the American Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. The museum is built around the Lorraine Motel, where just outside room 306, Martin Luther King was assassinated 40 years ago. It’s an emotionally draining experience. The museum begins with a look at slavery in America, starting with the first importation of slaves in the 1600s, then continuing up through the Civil War and the period of reconstruction in the south. The institution of slavery is of course an abomination. And though parts of America’s founding on the principles of equality before the law will always be tainted by our early reliance upon the forced labor of other human beings, there’s nothing uniquely shameful about slavery’s role in early America that couldn’t also be said about its presence in other parts of the world, and throughout most of human history...

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