John Matisonn | American racism - steps forward or steps back?

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A painting of Ahmaud Arbery displayed during a vigil at New Springfield Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Georgia.
A painting of Ahmaud Arbery displayed during a vigil at New Springfield Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Georgia.
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While some Americans have seen some recent court victories as progress in racial attitudes, others declaim the pendulum has swung too far, writes John Matisonn.

America's reckoning with its past has exposed white citizens proud to call themselves violent racists and fascists, as well as white southern juries, determined to stop them in their tracks.

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