Writer James Baldwin explained how white Americans could be so blind about race in American, refusing to see anything that denigrates from the idealism of their traditional understanding of the greatness of the nation.
The denial of truth about race in American history is an enduring truth about the American national character. Ida B. Wells warned us about this fatal flaw.
The Black Codes created a legal form of slavery that could deny the reality of the enslavement and still maintain control over African Americans