White supremacy is not defined by acts of outlandish violence. It is inflicted on America’s non-white population every day
When America’s founders sat down to craft the structure of their brand new British spin-off, the preamble to the US constitution described the purpose of this experiment in democracy – to create a “more perfect union”.
The 14th amendment, which ended slavery, gave Black Americans more freedom while simultaneously spawning the imperfections of Jim Crow and a need for a civil rights movement. While this foundational goal of a more perfect union has served as a mission statement for some and an excuse for others, the rights of most Americans have gradually expanded. For the most part, America has slowly moved forward.
Michael Harriot is a writer and author of the upcoming book Black AF History: The Unwhitewashed Story of America