The Difference Between 1st-Degree and 3rd-Degree Racism | RealClearPolitics

The Difference Between 1st-Degree and 3rd-Degree Racism

The Difference Between 1st-Degree and 3rd-Degree Racism
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The unrelenting protests, the supportive statements from white leaders nationwide, and the early momentum behind policing policy changes are all indications that this might be a turning point in our nation’s battle against racism. Will we seize this opportunity or will we lose momentum, showing once again that America can be “a 10-day nation” that moves on too easily to the next crisis, as Martin Luther King Jr. warned a fellow civil-rights activist in 1963?

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