Confederate statues represent the myths and lies that underlie the persistent racism in American society. To tear down these symbols of historical oppression is to declare a new age, one in which we confront—rather than glorify—our history and confront the reality of who we are in the present.
Perhaps writer James Baldwin best articulated the exhaustion many Black Americans feel right now. Many people are returning to his work now, in a time that feels chillingly similar to his own. We talked more about Baldwin and his thoughts on race in America with Bill Maxwell, professor of English and African American studies at the Washington University in St. Louis and Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University.
Religion & Politics Editor Marie Griffith sat down with Glaude for an interview. His words are more presicent than ever today as the country confronts mass protests over the latest killings of black men and women, most famously Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.