Black History Month 2019 Tea Talks: That Which Divides, That Which Unites

“We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.” — Sen. John McCain (2018)

For many in the U.S., 2018 felt as if the country had never been more divided. The nation, it seemed, had become irrevocably fractured along political, ideological, and racial lines. One author suggests that this current view of divisiveness is inaccurate as our nation has never been one united nation. A recent PEW report, where nearly three-quarters of Black young Americans believe the nation is very divided over race,…

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