The Chicago Tribune has an article today, "Long Buried Story of Black America," that excites me as a historian and anti racist. It details new archaeological findings of towns free blacks in the Midwest started before and after the Civil War. It's exciting to me as an historian because, of course, it'll tell us more about history. What thrills me as an anti racist is that these findings subtracts credence from the story-line of African Americans as passive participators in history who constantly have things done to them. It also undercuts the recent myth of African Americans having "victims' mentality." You really gotta read the article for yourself. It's marvelous!
In other news, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has written a very cogent essay for the Washington Post titled, "The Color of an Awkward Conversation." You can contrast these two articles, especially "Long Buried Story," with some of the comments to Adichie's essay.