Fighting White Supremacy Means Owning Up to American History | The Nation

 

Trump’s failure to swiftly condemn racist violence is appalling. But he’s right that it’s always been part of this country’s story.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Southern slaveholders said the Bible compelled them to hold slaves—that, in fact, civilizing black people was a good Christian way of “liberating” them from savagery. “Christians across the Confederacy were convinced that they were called not only to perpetuate slavery but also to ‘perfect’ it. And they understood the Bible to provide clear moral guidelines on how

to properly practice it,” wrote Thom Bassett in The New York Times.

Source: Fighting White Supremacy Means Owning Up to American History | The Nation