It is hardly consolation to be reminded that this is not the first low point in American history.
Recently, Black Americans have been outraged by the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.
One thing I think we can learn from that moment is that we need white Americans to be just as outraged as Black Americans are.
This massive outbreak occurred in a region that was not yet “American,” but American history has always been shaped by events beyond the borders of the U.S.
Black Americans suffered state and extralegal violence, coercion and exploitation, but they celebrated their day of jubilee as a claim on full freedom.