Chapter 8

The War at Home

Ultimately the deepest objection to a racial truth and reconciliation process in America is that it would be hard. … We want our stories—and our Story—to have happy endings. We want reconciliation on the cheap.

—Eric Liu1

It is a fact, that whatever makes for the wealth or for the reputation of Americans, and can be had cheap! will be found by Americans.

—Frederick Douglass2

Show me the money!

—Cuba Gooding, Jr.3

Just My Imagination?

I saw Citizenfour for the first time two days before it won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. By then, the scope of the leaks Edward Snowden launched in mid-2013 was very clear, as was their import: widespread information gathering by the National Security Agency at home ...

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