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It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

—James Baldwin, Black novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, social critic, and one of America’s foremost writers

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Addressing Sublime Ignorance

“I just didn’t know,” opined corporate leaders during the wake of the 2020 Black Lives Matter rebellions against racism. They claimed they did not know that racism affected Black people so deeply. Now that we know, many vowed, we are committed to addressing systemic racism.

This was not the first time I had heard the embarrassed admission from top brass that they were not aware of the day-to-day ...

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