America Doesn't Have to Hate Itself to Beat Racism

Student protesters want the U.S. to repudiate its history. That's neither feasible nor necessary.

Visionary. Idealist. And, yes, racist.

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Calling on any nation to repudiate its history is asking a lot. Asking this of the United States -- a country that is animated, more than most, by its great national myths -- may be asking the impossible.

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