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by Reggie Shuford

Here’s a hard but undeniable truth: America has a short memory and a long tradition of revising history.

As we celebrate the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in an annual reflection on his legacy that, at this point, feels as American as apple pie, it’s worth remembering that some members of Congress who opposed commemorating this day and honoring Dr. King are still in office and still making laws today.

Americans don’t just have a selective memory about the legacy of individuals, but also of institutions. How else to explain the deference and reverence so many Americans have for the police, an institution borne of slave patrols and Jim Crow laws? …


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