Jennifer Lopez

Few safe spaces to discuss race and identity

Few safe spaces to discuss race and identity

If you’re confused about an ongoing avalanche of incidents concerning race and identity, you’re far from alone. So I’ll try my best to sort out some of this. Too often people leading the conversations don’t have their facts right.

Take one of the many brouhahas involving Virginia’s Gov. Ralph Northam. In an interview with Gayle King for CBS, he asserted that the first known Africans in what would become the United States were indentured servants who, like thousands of Europeans, entered servitude for a defined number of years before being set free to pursue their version of the American dream. To that Ms. King said, “also known as slavery.”

While the governor is being skewered...