Enough About Slavery

Let's work on racial problems in the here and now

Like most African Americans, I have the legacy of slavery written all over my face. My brow, for example, resembles that of my father's father, who was born a slave in northern Florida. The sponsor's slogan for the powerful series Africans in America, which aired on PBS last week, rightly insisted that the story of slavery is not just African-American history but American history. But for blacks like me, it's also family history, a link to the oppressive past so intense and personal that it stares back whenever we look in a mirror.

That may be why I wasn't moved more...

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