It has been 42 years to the date since the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. to stop the movement for African American civil rights. Sadly, “post-racial N. America” does not look that dissimilar to the “tumultuous 60s” of folk lore much robbed of its revolutionary teeth; Neither the fervor of anti-black sentiment infecting this country nor the underbelly of homes across the political spectrum seemed to have changed that much (certainly the conversations I have in and out of the classroom have not). The spectre of race is still with us and will be until we own our history and use it to build something better. Denial is N. America’s greatest chain and the story of civil rights its greatest example of what happens when people choose justice over privilege, fear, or apathy.

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