Kwame Anthony Appiah

Aníbal López, Testimonio, 2012, video, color, sound, 43 minutes 39 seconds.

THIS YEAR WAS A YEAR OF WAITING. The case of Trayvon Martin, in particular, reminded us that we still have miles to go before we sleep, beginning with the way we think about race. In a way, you cannot read too much into Martin’s death—that is, into the killing itself. That was the result of a horrible series of misjudgments. But you can read something into the response: There was a reflex on the part of many to say, “Why drag race into this? This has nothing to do with race.” And I think that is simply a reflection of the fact that many people really don’t understand that we have not yet completed the work of racial equality. There were too many people who thought it was ridiculous when black parents said, “You see? This is what we’re worried about with our children.” Yet this is a genuine worry. It’s not just one case; there is hard data backing it up.

And that gap between

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