John Lewis died this week. He’s an inspiration to me not only because of his courage but also because of his clarity of purpose. “Freedom is not a state; it is an act,” he said. “It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take.” Most of all, I’m moved by his unwavering hopefulness and his pride in young Black Lives Matter protesters, who he said “are going to help redeem the soul of America.” This week’s lead article
is a tribute to Mr. Lewis. Please read it if you can.
The other three pieces in today’s issue — about how America can heal from its racism, whether antiracism trainings are effective, and whether the left’s cancel culture prevents open discourse — are also thought provoking and worth your time. Go ahead: Read (or listen to!) one or more of them, and then share with me your thoughts.
+ Loyal reader Telannia
and I want to invite you to a discussion of “What Is Owed
,” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, next Thursday, July 30, 5-6 pm PT. If you’re interested, hit reply, let me know you’re in, and I’ll give you more details, including the Zoom link and how to prepare. Telannia and I are looking forward to seeing you there for a thoughtful discussion of American history and the role of reparations to achieve true justice and equality.