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The right side of history [Commentary]

The right side of history [Commentary]

When you read about this nation's past, it is quite obvious what the phrase "right side of history" means. We know, for example, that abolitionists, women's rights organizers and civil rights activists were on the right side of history. And quite often we feel a sense of disbelief and disgust that in bygone days so many stood on the wrong side of history for so long.

In the moment, though, there are always defenders of the status quo trying to obscure what the "right side" actually is. They often depict bigotry and inequality as the natural, immutable order. Worse, they sometimes stoop to what Washington's professional football team is now doing by defending...