How a Museum Reckons With Black Pain

September 23, 2016 3:52 PM

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How a Museum Reckons With Black Pain

The Smithsonian’s new memorial of African American history and culture is at once triumphant and crushing.

By the cold universal logic of statistics, none of us should; each of the near-7-billion lives on Earth is a mathematical fluke. But as an American black person, albeit as a free person with a fairly full complement of civil rights, I’ve always been aware of the especially immense unlikelihood of my...

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