James Baldwin wrote that blacks have typically rejected the Great American Myths, for unlike most white Americans, they discerned the extent to which those myths were rooted in America’s primal myth, the myth of White Supremacy. Yet one must wonder how those myths might serve the nation if stripped of their coloration. The issue comes down to this—is such a color stripping even possible? At the very least, a color stripping would depend on two factors—increased face-to-face relationships between blacks and whites and, perhaps even more important, resistance, even in the face of torture and death. Perhaps a thin sliver of hope is all that American history can justify. But hope we must, for if we abandon hope, we have also abandoned our future.
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