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How Horrible Is Our History, Really?

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People view a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the park formerly dedicated to him, the site of violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia. REUTERS

How horrible is our history, really?

Do America’s past 400 years resemble the brutal and tragic legacy of Nazi Germany, and demand that we accept comparable burdens of guilt and shame? Should we adopt “regularized rituals of repentance” for our own past wrongs?

Michele L. Norris, a veteran contributor to National Public Radio, insists that’s exactly what we must do. She argues that Americans’ ongoing reluctance to confront our own wickedness makes us even more culpable than our Teutonic counterparts. “Germany faced its horrible past. Can we do the same?… Click here to read the full column at Newsweek.com. 

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