Racism

Jim Crow is alive and well — in China. Why don't we care?

Jim Crow is alive and well — in China. Why don't we care?

The moral landscape of America's self-understanding is often reduced to a few easily recognizable landmarks: slavery and abolition, Jim Crow and the civil rights movement, World War II and the Holocaust. Every dictator we confront gets compared to Hitler, and nearly every domestic controversy gets squeezed into a familiar historical mold. (The Trump administration's child-separation fiasco at the boarder may have been terrible, but it wasn't Treblinka.)

This is an old lament, of course. And other than doing a better job at teaching history, I'm not sure how we should go about fixing the problem. What's more interesting to me are the cases where we decide not to use this moral...

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