Racism isn’t a “distraction” — it is part of the foundation of your nation. It was written into your Constitution and continues to shape federal, state and local policies. It shapes corporate decision-making. It shapes police procedure. It shapes access to housing and education. Racism isn’t accidental. It is engineered; it is structural; it is institutional. Please, don’t minimize it even when writing in haste. America has to face its sins to overcome them, and telling the truth about how necessary racism was and still is to building and mainaining America’s wealth and power is something that needs to happen.

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