This article, published in the June 2014 issue of The Atlantic, should be required reading for anyone who still believes the foundational myth of America: that we were founded to ensure liberty and justice for all. That hasn’t been true for a long time, even centuries prior to the Declaration of Independence.
A long read but well worth it. Set aside some time, and think about the implications. Every American has been touched by this history, regardless of whether or not you use the N-word in daily life.